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How does one slay worship???

February 10, 2017

I am a nitpicker, in fact, I am the son of a nitpicker.  I wonder what our ancestors from Europe, specifically English speaking countries, would think about our use of the language.  We trample much of our grammar and punctuation and mispell (sic) words regularly. All of our language failures aside, I take issue with application of some terms that should never be associated with holy things. It was with a bit of consternation yesterday when I saw this post on Facebook. I do not know what Choirbuzz is because I didn't click their page. I have heard of Veritas. Their blended harmonies are tight and really raise my spirit.

What I found amusing, then alarming, was the descriptor underneath the video.  How does one "slay" the Doxology? Unless I am totally incompetent, I understand the Doxology to be worship in its highest form. Encarta describes the Doxology as: "in Christian religious services, a hymn, prayer, or formula of worship in praise of God."

    If I am to believe the descriptor about Veritas, then they slayed, killed, or totally wrecked the Doxology. Wonder how God received it? I'm certain when we praise God with the Doxology, God is pleased. Wait! There's more!  A poor choice of words isn't complete until you call worship "performance" and add three exclamation points!!!  I have always considered our worship to be offered with humility and awe. In view of God's mercy, let's offer our lives as a living sacrifice. I did watch the short Veritas "performance" and they seemed sincere.

    If what you offer to God is a performance then it's possible the accolades will go to you rather than God. Make our worship be the most sincere thing we can offer. God is the audience and receives our worship. If what you offer to God is performance in that you want to receive high reviews from other church members then you're aiming in the wrong direction. Let's leave performance in the drawer labeled, "school musicals, Broadway, etc."

    Let's keep worship in the top drawer labeled, "Our best response to God's mercy and grace."

Here are two forms of the Doxology. Offer these in a spirit of holy reverence and God will be pleased. Our worship is always formed and offered out of an intense love of God's goodness.

 

    "Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen." (United Methodist Hymnal pg. 95)

 

    "Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power up lifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!" (United Methodist Hymnal pg. 94)

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