“Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, for holy is the LORD our God.” (Psalm 99:9)
I used to like the band “Third Day”, but that was until I rented the DVD “Third Day: Live in Concert: The Offerings Experience” from NetFlix and I was greatly disappointed. The DVD was supposed to show a Third Day worship concert in 2002. But not only did they not glorify God, they were really glorifying themselves. There were many “rock band” and even “Spinal Tap”-like moments in the DVD, like talking about their guitars how they are “chick magnets,” describing how they wanted to get the audience to notice them, and how they wanted to become famous and now “finally made it.” During the concert, the guitarist and the bassist were playing dueling guitars, and the lead singer shared supposedly “spiritual truths” that were basically simplistic faith statements like “love one another” by asking the audience to hold hands when they sing, etc. It was nothing like what I expected after listening to their Offerings CD. But the worst moment of the DVD was when they interviewed some of the concert-goers. One guy said, “I’m so excited to come to this Third Day concert so we can see worship being done……” I almost fell off my chair when I heard the guy said “see worship.” There’s nothing to see in worship…… you either take part in worshipping God or you don’t.
BTW, I hope all of you who went to Chris Tomlin’s worship concert last night in Mountain View had a good time worshipping God. I hope you didn’t “see worship” happen, but you did worship and was transformed from the experience!
How do you educate people in your church to be active participants in worship?