Would You Please Worship Correctly

Published on Dec 18th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Would You Please Worship Correctly

Would You Please Worship Correctly

I am always amazed when there are “new” concepts or ideas floating around about the Bible.  After thousands of years of Bible study there is now something new and insightful.  I am always skeptical about the “new” and often find it to be some old leftover that has been warmed up.  For instance, I have heard from several people lately that the inn in the Christmas story was really a relative’s house of Mary and Joseph.  The word for “room” is the same word that Jesus uses of the Upper Room.  That room can mean a “guest room” and so it must have been a relative’s house.  It would have been on the bottom floor and used to park the cattle.  Kind of like a first floor parking garage.  To be honest, I have had a pretty busy couple of weeks and have done zero reading or studying about this and so I have no idea if there is any legitimacy to it or not.  If there is, then the idea that there was no room that the relatives were willing to give up to pregnant Mary is an even sadder situation.  Gives more meaning to the truth that Jesus “came to his own” and “his own received him not”.

Another new idea that is floating around (this rumor is brand new and, in fact, we are the first to break this “new” idea) is that there was a real sore spot between the shepherds and Mary.  You do not see this truth in the definition of Greek words but in reading between the lines.  Read Luke 2:19-20 carefully, “And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”  Did you see it?  Look carefully.  Now cross your eyes and stare at the white between the lines (I should probably not write these blogs when I am tired).  The shepherds were perturbed with Mary due to her inexpressive, lack of joy, too sober, restrained worship.  They could understand the lack of expression from the town’s people.  After all they were still trying to figure all of this out.  But Mary?  Come on.  She knew the truth of what was happening more than anyone.  Where were her expressions of worship? Where was the head raised, eyes closed, hand raising shouts of joy? Where is the praising and glorifying?  Is Mary ashamed of her God? What is there to think about?  Angels came, things happened just like they said, this has to be the Messiah – stop thinking and praise.

What do you think Mary was treasuring and pondering in her heart?  Do you think she was beginning to grasp the true humility of the God of heaven?  Do you think she was contemplating the great love of a God who would come and live among his created beings?  Do you think she was treasuring the idea that she was gifted by God to be part of this amazing time in history?  I believe that Mary was so overwhelmed by the truths of God that her reaction was in obedience to the Psalmist – “Be still and know that I am God”.  She wasn’t simply overjoyed with the work of God, she was beginning to learn of God himself.

Maybe it is time to rethink some of our current ideas of worship. There is a movement of the Spirit of God in our hearts that leads to expressive acts of uplifting praise and worship.  There is also a movement of the Spirit of God that so overwhelms our hearts with the truth of who God is that we find ourselves full of quiet, sober filled, joy.  At times, it is almost too awe inspiring to speak.  We find ourselves contemplative about what we are seeing and learning. Do not mistake this for a lack of joy. There is great joy.  It is a joy that results in a few tears or a small smile across our lips.  We are not ashamed of our God, we are not dead and unresponsive…we are overwhelmed.

 

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