In continuing our series on Matt Redman’s book, The Unquenchable Worshipper, today I want to look at being unpredictable. Not only does this apply to those worshipping but also to those leading worship.
It seems anymore that everything about our church services are done through a rigid time schedule. While I would agree that time holds importance, I also believe that when it comes to worshipping God in our church communities, time should not be held so rigid. The lunch can wait, the game can wait, and the nap can wait. These things are all temporal in the scope of an eternal God. Do we really have a right to tell Him when and how to show up during a time of worship that is for Him? It’s like inviting people to your birthday party, and having your guests tell you how long the party will last and what the party will look like. It’s your party. People are there to celebrate you. Just the same, it’s God’s party; we’re there to celebrate Him, no matter how long it takes or what it looks like.
UNPREDICTABLE | WORSHIP
Redman challenges us with these thoughts:
“Worship is meant to be an encounter .. Because worship is a conversation, and not a mere review of the past, it is dynamic, unpredictable, and open-ended.”
While traditions are good in some cases, “tradition alone can become lifeless, existing to please itself, and leave no room for spontaneous love. When we meet to worship God, although structure is important, it must never be allowed to strangle life.”
“God has won the heart of His Bride, the Church. And it’s not meant to be a dry, predictable relationship. It’s a ‘divine romance,’ full of life and energy. True romance is never predictable. It cannot contain its instinctive responses to the one it adores. The romantic heart seeks out new and creative ways to reach the one it beats for. People in love do lots of crazy things. Sometimes they even become an embarrassment to those around them. The woman who came to Jesus that day with her jar of perfume was probably an embarrassment to every person in the room – except, of course, to Jesus. Isn’t it time the Bride of Christ did a few more crazy things for the One she loves?”
“A relationship with the living God shouldn’t just face away or wear out like an old pair of shoes. It’s meant to be new every morning, just like the mercy it responds to.”
“We must always leave room for the unpredictable in our worship. Sometimes God, in His wisdom, will step in powerfully through what may seem like foolishness to us.”
“The Holy Spirit will take us into the most wonderful depths of the throne room and, sometimes, He will take us there on a route we’ve never journeyed before.”
“The key is to somehow find the right balance between the prophetic (the desire to break new ground) and the pastoral (the desire to take people with us). We need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the insights and the wisdom to do this.”
“The human worship leader then becomes more of a lead worshipper who tries to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit and throw himself/herself wholeheartedly into worship as an example for others to follow.”
“… dependence on the Holy Spirit is the key to all authentic worship … we must reverence Him more and rely on Him more. God is seeking worshippers who will be ready to follow the adventurous whispers of His Holy Spirit.”