If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone John
Thursday series of blog posts is directed toward the worship teams and members
of ClearView Church
in Franklin, Tennessee
is applicable to any person who is searching for God and wanting to have a
conversation with Him.
It is very
apparent from reading Psalm 3, 4 and 5
and many others that David often questioned God. Not that he questioned who God was or that
God knew the ultimate outcome, but rather the questions were “why am I going
through this now” “why aren’t You answering my prayer” “don’t You hear me?”
If we are
all honest, we can all say we have had those moments: questioning God, even mad
at God. I don’t think that makes us any
less of a Christ follower. I believe God knew we would react this way. Why? Because
He is the very one who created those feelings.
I am glad
to know that I can be that open and honest with God.
we, ClearView, will start the service by being reminded by the scriptures we
hear and the songs we sing that God is faithful; in Him there is sustaining
power for any circumstance. Those
thoughts will be followed immediately with the question that David often
voiced: “God do you hear me? If so why
does it seem you pass over my request?”
half of the service turns a different corner and helps us recall and celebrate
the amazing gift of salvation and grace through Jesus Christ.
throughout the week is more of an on-going conversation with God. I listen as I read the Bible. Sometimes I
think of God and stand in awe and in silence. Other times I speak out-loud my
thoughts about Him or ask Him questions and still other times I find myself
singing songs. As we worship, privately, the next few days, here are some
things we can include to prepare us for Sunday’s corporate worship:
this weekend at ClearView we will be starting a new series examining the book
of 1 John. This week we begin with the first four verses.
starts: The one who existed from the
in worship we get to talk to and listen to the One that was from the very
beginning, God Almighty
…is the one we have
heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own
hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.
begins with the revelation of Christ…the reality that we have a relationship
with God through the sacrifice of His son.
songs at ClearView this week try to capture and retell:
1. The story of God the creator:
How Great Thou Art (Psalm 86:10)
How Can I Keep From Singing (Psalm
wonderful gift of God’s Son:
Jesus Saves (Acts 5:42)
3. And give
us a chance to respond God and that gift:
When I think About the Lord (2
I Am Yours (Hebrews 10:22)
If you are
headed to worship at ClearView this week, here are some things you can do to
If you are
attending church at ClearView or at your place of worship here are some things
to pray for
great privilege we have to worship the very one who created all and what a
great privilege we have in this country to worship at the place of our
I found this quote on my
"The reality of God and
Christ and Creation and Salvation and Heaven and Hell are too great for mere
speaking they must be sung."
For me there is a little job
security in that statement. There is nothing that says we should only sing of
the things mentioned above; however there is something that adds emotion and
beauty to words when you add melody, harmony, rhythm and dynamics.
Another quote from a religious leader
from years ago is:
So I will keep doing what I am
doing and in so doing encouraging others to do the same…singing about God,
Christ, Creation, Salvation, the promise of heaven and the reality of hell.