Is Your Worship a Joy

Is Your Worship a Joy

As I’ve been setting up a series of posts on thinking about God, I’ve discussed a little bit what our theology can do, and what it cannot. For example, in a video yesterday, I talked about how our theological knowledge cannot save us.

Yet at the same time it can mess us up. I was told that Stanley Hauerwas started a class on liturgy by saying: “Lousy liturgy makes lousy Christians.” I’m not sure he was right on it, and of course that’s second hand, but I do think our liturgy may well say something about how we think about God.

I was reading one of my own articles from several years ago, titled Dance Floor Worship. Here’s a line:

Our problem, I believe, is that we want to make sacred things, while God wants us to make things sacred.

I’d like to suggest reading my entire essay. It’s from a number of years ago, and I hope my thinking has grown, but I think I was pointing to a few things that can be important for us.

I’m going to embed my advertising video for S. J. Hill’s book. The reason I’m doing so is that I think I have illustrated here some of the problems in what we think about God and how that will impact our actions and our worship.

If you believe God is about to hammer you because you’re not so wonderful, then you may well either be afraid to be in God’s presence. If, on the other hand, you are aware of God’s grace and God’s gifts, you may be aware that even though you are a minute speck in this universe, the God of the universe cares about you.

How can you join the chorus? When you believe that the God whose power is displayed throughout the universe is also one who cares about you.

One thought on “Is Your Worship a Joy

  1. I think of “who am I, that you are mindful of me?”, of the lilies of the field, and God’s concern for sparrows. It may be, it is, astonishing that God could and does love us, but that is what scripture (and particularly Jesus) tells us. That brings me joy.

    Though, in conscience, I have never been given to expressing joy on a dance floor, or, indeed, in any spectacularly demonstrative way. Not, frankly, would the other people on the dance floor much appreciate my efforts in that direction – I’m much more given to quiet, contemplative joy, and avoiding displaying my lack of coordination and tendency to bump into things and people…

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