I’m tired of hearing people say, “the presence of God is here.” and I don’t feel anything. I’m tired of pretending in church.
The above is a quote from a popular Ghanaian gospel artiste named Sonnie Badu in his live recording of a worship song. After listening to the song, I asked myself- what motivates me or those around me to go for Music programmes. I vaguely remember attending a couple of such programmes but later realized my motivation for doing this wasn’t right. The Bible says in John 4:23-24 that God is Spirit and His worshippers ought to worship Him in spirit and truth. I must state emphatically here that, I am not talking about just any type of music programme but a music programme whose focus is JESUS. Where God’s word is fed to souls through skilled and inspiring music.
Let me pause here and ask you, yes you-reading this article, Are you a true worshipper?
When you do appear at a music programme who do you worship? Are you mesmerized by the choir and their attire or do you stand in awe of the instrumentalists? Or maybe the decor leaves you wanting to sit and stare. Does the quality of music score high on your rating scale-how well are the microphones working, how strong are the flips being made by the choir and how melodious are the harmonies?
Personally I lost focus on what I wanted from a music programme a few years back. I had began to learn to play an instrument and to ensure that I learnt right I had to listen intently to that particular instrument and how it sounded in almost all the songs I listened to. This unfortunately and unknowingly killed the true worshipper in me.
I believe this applies to most instrumentalist who attend music programmes. Unconsciously they are listening to how well an instrument is being played and how many mistakes are being made and forget the true purpose of the programme- to worship.
This same problem isn’t too different from what occurs in choirs. Having been in a choir for about two years, I began paying closer attention to vocal sounds and chords rather than worship. I did all this in the name of learning my part and learning it well.
A number of talented minstrels face this problem of trying so hard to get the note right and tight, they end up forgetting about the lyrics as well as it’s meaning . These ones also end up going for Music programmes in order to find out who their competition is and if songs are being done ‘on point’.
Again, I worked as a sound engineer in a church and this sparked a keen interest in me concerning sound wherever I went. I began to concentrate more on the sound at a music programme rather than to receive from my Maker in Heaven.
Most sound engineers find it difficult to sit still when the sound goes wrong. And even when it does turn out right, there are still many comments they make keeping them in conversation till they leave the venue. Again the true purpose of worship has been lost here due to the quality of sound.
What makes this the case? I ask myself.
I totally agree with the Psalmist-David who played skillfully and urged us to do same. May we not forget the words of the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 9:10(HCSB) where he says “Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
Paul also said in Romans 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
Also in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
I agree with you all my Fathers in the ministry. However permit me to ask, does working for the Lord imply not worshipping in spirit and in truth?
Does doing everything your hand finds doing, suggest not giving reverence to the Father in worship?
Colossians 3:17 says And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Whatever is simply WHATEVER! And so in worshipping, in serving the church, whatever it is, once it can be done for Jesus it must be done well.
So, how do we serve and worship at the same time?
I believe it starts with us giving ourselves first, then our attitudes and then our possessions.
Don’t let skill, talent or service cloud your judgment and prevent you from being a worshipper.
Be a TRUE WORSHIPPER!
Written by Daniel Ahmed Alhassan
Edited by Priscilla Sherrie
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