“LORD, TEACH US TO WORSHIP!”
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.)
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My good friend Matt Maher is a student of the hymns. Last year, I heard a retooled version of this song while praying with Matt Maher and his gang. It was such a powerful statement of the theology of our faith. I love that this hymn comes from the 1700’s. It’s a song of the fathers of our faith. There were men and women writing songs in the 1700’s with the same heart and mind that I have about my faith in 2009. There were people hundreds of years ago crafting melodies for the corporate gathering with a heart to teach theology through their song. There were men and women bowed down in awe of the mighty hand of God.
Matt wrote a beautiful chorus addition to this old hymn. I’ve actually never asked Matt why he wrote the chorus or why he chose this hymn, but, when I sing it I’m reminded of the timelessness of the faith we have through Jesus Christ. What an amazing gift to be able to sing truthful words, worship our God, teach theology and gather in awe of our amazing God. How sweet to look back in history and know that men and women worshiped and adored the same God that we worship and adored today in Chandler, Arizona, today in 2009. We do it bowed down with one heart and one mind declaring that He alone is holy!!!
Worship Leaders: What songs are you singing in your church that are full of theology?
Here’s how we did it at church today!
Check out these lyrics:
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord
We praise You with one heart
We bless You with one mind
We bow down in awe of Your might
For You alone are holy
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
May I recommend that you buy Matt’s newest record called ‘Alive Again’?? I can, almost, promise you that you will not disappoint. Click the picture above for a link to the record! Enjoy!
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take a look at this video and ask yourself the question…is it possible that many of us have an extreme misunderstanding of what heaven is or isn’t and how does that shape how we live today if we do?! listen in and hit me back!
NT Wright – Video
NT Wright is one of my most favorite Author/Thinker/Theologian! also check out his new book, which i’m reading right now, called Surprised by Hope. this book is blowing my mind and a lot of preconceived ideas of heaven. in my opinion this book is a must have:
Surprised by Hope – NT Wright
what are your thoughts?
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