Of all the media for this week, the one l keep going back to, is the article by Dan Wilt and Jeremy Cook “Worship: Yesterday, Today And Forever”.(1)
In it they discuss the consistency and diversity in worship expression through Church History. They also explain how worship expressions are shaped culturally, environmentally and ethnically.
They also address the issue of prejudice as a result of differing worship forms and styles.
It just saddens my heart to hear and to see the confusion arising out of this issue of attaching OUR preferences to God,OUR SET way of worshipping God. As a result of this, faulty assumptions are constantly made about the way others worship God.
I really appreciate the wisdom and advice Dan and Jeremy are giving to Worship Artisans, that is ” It doesn’t really matter how and with what form you worship God, provided that such worship is unceasing in devotion, and flowing from a pure heart.” (2)
Wherever we might find ourselves as we worship our unchanginging and unchangeable God, we must bear in mind that ‘ we worship a liv-ing God who is not a mute idol. He is alive, and He does move in the midst of your history and mine. He does new things in fresh ways, and thus we cannot remain still in our worship of Him. Though His nature is unchanging, He does unique things in every generation. There- fore, we must worship God in response to His immanent presence, His present nearness to us, in our day and according to our common languages of expression.”
With this space right here, l say it is time for God’s children, from the home to the cathedral to the gymnasium, to let His worship resound yesterday, today and forever.
- Jeremy Cook and Dan Wilt, Worship: Yesterday, Today and Forever