When you think of Instruments of worship what do you think of? Naturally your mind goes to the harp and lyre, or at least the piano or organ. You might think of the church building, cross and baptistery, or the pulpit and alter. The problem is that just because you are sitting in church listening to songs and a sermon, or perhaps even feeling mushy and romantic doesn’t mean you are worshipping.
In Isaiah 6 you see a wonderful passage on worship. It would take many pages, far more than you would like to read in order for me to go into all of the beautiful details of the passage, but I do want to take notice of what Isaiah’s response was. ” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
He responded and was sent. Dr. Ed Steele said that “worship is not complete without a response.” Worship is responding to who God is and recognizing who we are in relationship to Him. Which is nothing!
Today I had the experience of worshiping the Lord by responding to the needs of the community. After meeting for a brief breakfast and prayer, this morning Bridge Church spread out around the city and worshipped the Lord through service. If one would look around his or her community, especially in multi housing communities one would find needs far greater than can ever be imagined. Today, for the first time I realized that a nail gun and compressor, a basket of food and a block party for inmates families are instruments of worship.
God became flesh and lived among us, He healed the sick and raised the dead, He fed the hungry and loves the fatherless. Breaking occasionally, but regularly to serve others instead of gather for corporate service is an awesome way to invite members of the congregation to experience Jesus in a whole different way. Worship this way provides an opportunity for those who might be paralyzed with fear, or doubt worship God truly by responding to who He is and serve those made in His image.