Daily Devotional – 4/22/13 “Can we worship together?

On the way to church yesterday morning, I told my husband that I hope church wouldn’t be “dead” because I needed to have a real worship experience. You know one of those ones that allow you to leave better than you were when you came in. The kind where you come in with a little ache and pain yet you leave renewed. The kind that makes you feel like you’ve just been released from all the hell you’ve experienced during the week. The kind that allows your hope to be refreshed just when you’ve felt like it is slipping away. I enjoy those worship services and I miss those worship services. Oh, don’t get me wrong because I don’t need the music and the preacher to get my praise on but sometimes you want to go to a party where everybody is having a good time, don’t you? Yea, going to church can be like going to a party but the only thing different is your dance partner and your choice of music. Why do you get up early on Sunday morning, get dressed, comb your hair, (for the ladies) put on makeup, shoes that hurt your feet, a tie that you don’t normally wear just to go into God’s house with the intention of not giving Him praise? For Psalm 150:1-2 says, “Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies; praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness;” so why don’t you? You say you’re thankful yet you have the audacity to not say it in front of certain folks. Where are the deacons that could shift the atmosphere by simply singing, “If it wasn’t for Jesus?” Where are the ushers that didn’t mind getting their praise on while standing at the door? Where are the mothers who would dance out of their hats? Where are the choir members who would set the church on fire by calling on the name of Jesus? Where are the preachers who don’t have to always have a whoop in their voice to get their point across? Where are the good old saints that could turn altar call into a worship service? Why don’t we worship together like we party together? Why can’t we worship together like we gossip together? Why can’t we enjoy service the way we enjoy a backyard barbeque? Why can’t we have a real worship experience sometimes? Oh, I just wish for once folk will stop worrying about who is looking and get their praise on for the good AND bad things that happen in their life. Just praise God because He is worthy to be praised and not because you were short on your rent this month. Praise God because He is worthy and not because your boo left. Praise God every day and not just because today is a bad day. Praise God just because!

Anyway, I digress …

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