Worship is serious.
Not only does what I sing reflect my worship, how I live does too. How does my worship glorify the King to Whom All Glory Is Due?
There are two things I could do at this point in the post.
- Navel-gaze. I could tell you either about how all I do to safeguard the music at my church (namely, the lyrics) so that Christ might be honored in a biblical way, OR I could tell you about how nothing I do could ever be good enough to match the purity of the God to whom I sing.
- Extol Christ.
I think I’ll do the latter.
Not only does Christ demand the worship we give, he ALSO gives US the worship he demands. Worship of Christ springs from the faith which God has given us as a gift, and so what Christ demands, Christ gives in His mercy. As I look at the Revelation 5 passage, I’m reminded of the great love with which He has loved His people…that He became the suffering servant to whom Isaiah referred in Is. 52-53, being as a lamb led to the slaughter, refusing to open his mouth against what God had planned from eternity past (1 Peter 1:18-20).
And I love Him because He first loved me. “What wondrous love is this that sent the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!”
My response of love is meager and imperfect: and yet, acceptable, not because God simply knows my heart. No, on that basis, I would be disqualified since my heart is full of deceit. Instead, God accepts my meager love because of the perfect love Christ offered…and now, I am found in Him. I have union with Christ and that makes all the difference in the world. The Lamb is worthy not only because He Himself is God…but because He redeemed a people with His blood.
“Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling. Naked, come to Thee for dress: helpless, look to Thee for grace: Foul, I to the Fountain fly. Wash me Savior, or I die” (Augustus Toplady, “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”).