In continuing our series on Matt Redman’s book, “The Unquenchable Worshipper,” I want to highlight some thoughts about being undignified in our worship with God.
un·dig·ni·fied – (n-dgn-fd) – adj. Lacking in or damaging to dignity.
Can you imagine worshipping God in an undignified way? Would God accept such worship? Would we give such worship?
Redman notes something important here when it comes to “losing our dignity” for God. “One of the Hebrew words for praise, hallal, means to be clamorously foolish or mad before the Lord. (That’s where we get our word ‘hallelujah.’)”.
“… the church of God should come an easy first (at this then); yet too often we find ourselves lagging way behind in this area. Isn’t it time we saw a bit more holy mayhem in our worship?”
“True worship always forgets itself,” such as the case in 2 Samuel 6.
For the majority of us, we get caught up with people’s perception of us far too much. Work. Family. Friends. Social life. Church. Of all the places that people’s opinions should not deter us from being ourselves, it’s our worship with God. During this time, we should be “so caught up in love and wonder that we forget what others think and throw ourselves into God’s pleasure.”
“Our heavenly Father loves us with an extravagant abandon. Passionate, undignified worship is our only reasonable response.”
Quoting William Barclay, “love gives everything it has and never counts the cost.”
“So completely caught up with God [undignified worshippers] spend themselves on Him without a second thought.”
It’s not that we put on a false humility and become reckless fools as a show. “Life rolls on and we find ourselves with more pressures, responsibilities and distractions. But the key is to somehow keep a vibrant heart abandoned to God.”
“In the midst of the madness and energy, we must always make sure it’s simply the abundance of our hearts for Jesus and never a show for the benefit of others.”
“We need to guard against elements of performance creeping in when we’re leading people before the heavenly throne … Worship leaders must point as sensitively as possible to the Lord and never to themselves.”
“God’s throne room allows no room for the proud. If we’re to usher others into that place of holy beholding, we need to make sure there’s nothing in us that, deep down, still wants to be the center of attention. He must increase and we must decrease.”
“O God, bring us to that place … where we are so caught up in loving You that we care very little about our own status or reputation, where we so find You in worship that we lose ourselves in Your wonder, love and praise.”