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Sun, Jul 26 2015 - 07:32 AM

WORSHIP: STEPPING STONE OR STUMBLING BLOCK

 

(PRAYER)  Heavenly Father, forgive us for our insistence on having our own way.  Help up to be loving and compassionate and respect each other’s desire to worship in a manner which enables our spirits to jump for joy and melt in Your presence.  Help us to put others ahead of ourselves and recognize we all, regardless of age, have something to contribute. 

THE GOOD REPORT  

Sunday, July 26, 2015 

Richard L. Deemy: Editor

 

WORSHIP: STEPPING STONE OR STUMBLING BLOCK 

 

Psalm 100:2 (NIV) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

 

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

 

I am sure someone may be thinking, “Why would he put those two verses together?”  I have been around the Church scene all of my life and I have found that the enemy will use whatever we make available to him to create strife and division within the Church.  This issue happens to be one of the most obvious and most prevalent.

 

Every Church is made up of a wide range of ages, some more elderly, some with more young people and many in between.  We are also experiencing the blessing of young, energetic and talented worship leaders, who grew up with an entirely different style of music than did their parents or grandparents.  These new worship leaders really want to introduce younger people to music they believe will get them excited about worshipping the Lord.  Believe me, it’s not all bad.

 

Here is the problem as I see it.  These bright, young, energetic Worship leaders need to remember where their faith was born.  Most of the time it came from their parents and Grandparents through the godly examples they set.  Many of these spiritual mentors are still in the audience and still want to worship the Lord, even as the younger generation does, but at what cost?

 

Young worship leaders want to bring the older folks and the worship style “up to date,” again, at what cost?  What are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of having it your way?

Do you truly understand what these older Saints are going through during these upbeat worship services?  Does all the music have to be LOUD and UP BEAT all the time?  Having the volume up so loud is hard on older people’s hearing. For them, a time of praise can turn into a time of pain!  I know of Senior Saints who actually bring ear plugs to service and have actually witnessed some walk out, or intentionally come late so they can avoid this experience!

 

What is wrong with mixing the two styles of music more often?  Why can’t we have a time of exuberant Praise along with a time of softer, more gentle Worship?  Why can we not enjoy both styles of music and be brought together in Praise and Worship before an Almighty God we both want to adore?  We can learn from one another to enjoy and appreciate both styles of music and be blessed accordingly.  I believe this would truly honor the Lord and please Him to see all generations entering into worship together!

 

As it is, we are alienating one generation from another and causing strife and division.  We give the enemy a foothold and actually work with him instead of against him.  Many older Saints have left Churches because of this lack of compassion and understanding and that just should not be.  Regardless of our age, If we are the Christians we claim to be, this should never happen!  There is Holy Spirit anointed music in every generation so let us experience this great diversity to everyone’s benefit and enjoyment!

 

Philippians 2:2-4 (NKJV)  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

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