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6.20.2010

Woship should be loud...


I'm sure many people would disagree with me, but I think worship in church should be loud.

Not necessarily that all the microphones & instruments should be turned up as loud as they can go, but that the voices of the worshipers & everything that is contributing to the worship experience should lean towards the upper end of the volume spectrum.

I think I can prove it biblically & I think I can prove it in culture.

Proof #1
The Seattle Seahawks football fans are known nationwide as some of the best & most intimidating NFL fans. Is it because they dress up like these guys?


No.

It's not at all because of the way they dress or how many latte's they drink or how grumpy they are that they built a stadium without a roof & it rains all the time. They are the best because they make a lot of noise. They cheer like crazy & everyone applauds them as being the most loyal & supportive fans in sports. Don't you see? Even non-religious types & sports reporters equate the willingness of people to raise their voice over an extended period of time to being faithful followers. (For what it's worth, the word "fan" comes from a Latin word meaning "inspired by deity" & carries the more modern definition of being "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion")

Proof #2
Just two scriptures out of many that I believe prove this point...
Isaiah 40:9 "Lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"
Revelation 19:6 "Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns." This is the sound of heaven.


I rest my case.

Everyone worships something. Many people who don't even know Jesus worship much louder than the very ones who claim to believe that they have a personal relationship with an all-powerful, awesome, loving God who gave up His very best for them. Should this be?

This Sunday, do you think you can out-worship this guy?

video via: Abraham Piper

2 comments:

Charles and Naomi Jenkins said...

I so agree with this post. When we returned from Haiti, it was/is hard to sit in our church service during worship that is so buttoned up. All services in Haiti were loud, vocal, expressions of love for our Savior. "Alleluia" was shouted, groaned, wept, laughed, and many other things at the same time. I love that their greatest expression of devotion was for our King and sometimes feel a bit sad that so many other people's greatest expression is for a sports team, celebrity, etc. Thanks for the reminder as I head off to church to worship. :)

Ross and Taya said...

Thanks Naomi! Anytime we come back from traveling outside the USA it's a harsh reminder that this is a land of comfort (it's an incredibly wonderful & blessed land, but it can also lull you to sleep). We hope to worship with you at NCCTK next Sunday & hear Rich Stearns. We should stand together so we can worship loudly! =)

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