Interesting that the disciples of Jesus never asked this. In not making this request, they assumed they could worship on their own, that they had not to learn how to worship. The phrase ‘learning to worship’ sounds strange to us today. If our heart doesn’t overflow and begin to worship by itself, we say, we’ll never ‘learn’ how to worship. But it‘s a dangerous error, very widespread among most Christians, to think that the heart can worship rightly by itself. For then we confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, styles—all of which the heart can do by itself—with true worship. We then confuse earth with heaven, man with God. Worship doesn’t mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to acknowledge the awesome glory of Christ and to submit to him as Lord, whether the heart is full or empty. No one can do that by oneself. For that he needs Jesus Christ.
When Jesus joins us in his worship of the Father, when we are privileged to worship along with him, when he lets us see the awesome glory of the Father and engages us in his worship, then we are free from vain worship. And that is precisely what Jesus wants for us. He wants to worship with us and have us worship with him, so that we know intuitively that the Father accepts our facedown obeisance to Christ in his vicarious death and resurrection. When our will whole-heartedly enters into Christ’s worship of the Father in the Spirit, he has taught us to worship in spirit and in truth. Lord teach us such worship.
(Liberally adapted from Psalms The Prayer Book of the Bible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Minneapolis: Auguburg. 1970.)
John Hubley. Mindheart Foundation, All rights reserved
TheNational Worship Leaders Conference (NWLC)contacted me and asked me if I could help get the word out about their upcoming Conferences here in 2010. I’ve been deemed an official ‘Conference Blogger’. I’m excited about these conferences and I believe they’re going to be a rich time of hanging out, learning and actually worshiping together.
If you’re in Worship Ministry in a vocational or volunteer capacity, I want to encourage you to be a part of one of these amazing conferences. I can tell you that with the line up of teachers and Worship Leaders they have coming to lead this conference…YOU NEED TO BE THERE! The conference schedules are below and are unique from region to region. EVERY single one of these conferences are going to be jam packed with nothing but amazing.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Here’s the deal, The conference has given me a free Ticket to giveaway to one of their conferences. This is how I’m gonna do the giveaway. The first TEN people that register for either the Southwest Conference in New Mexico or the National Conference in Kansas using the CODE: BloggerBrian you will be 1 of 10 people eligible to win an additional FULL REGISTRATION for Free. Maybe you wanna’ take your wife, maybe another Pastor on your staff or one of the musicians on your team. Also, if you register more than 1 person when you register you’ll get an additional entry in to the hat for the free ticket for each person you pay to register! Make sure to put the CODE: “BloggerBrian” in the box called ‘other’ in the registeration form to ensure you get an entry for the giveaway. Also, leave a comment here that you registered and for what conference just so we can see who is going where.
Today, my good friend Carlos Whittaker’s EP is available for your download and listening pleasure. Carlos, Heather and their family have quickly become some great friends of mine and Promise. We are so excited for Carlos in this new adventure of taking his music to the streets. He’s got an amazing heart for God and people. I think you’re really going to enjoy this worship project. The songs have singable melodies and remind us of Gods love for us and propel the listener to love God more!
At the end of the day when you meet Lil’ Los (Losiah) you won’t be able to resist dowloading Carlos’ new EP. Knowing he’s training this little guy up to know and follow Jesus…well…it’s worth every dollar of the download! Go get the EP on iTunes or wherever and support this amazing new artist and a friend of mine!