Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

The Essence of Praise and Worship

I was talking to a friend a while back about the church I attended in the UK and he couldn’t “believe” I attended what is called a white church (white church because it was headed by a Brit and it wasn’t RCCG or Winners or any of the popular Nigerian/African church). He asked “how do you flow with worship in such church”. For him, the fact that he couldn’t get to church and dance (evidently the Nigerian kind of dance), he felt he won’t fit into that kind of church. A church where you can dance and sweat and jump and komole was his idea of what it should be. He couldn’t accept that Nigerians could attend non- Nigerian churches.

Truth be told, I attend RCCG in Nigeria and I did attend a service in one of the RCCG churches in UK. Service was fine. The church is even more “spiritual” and more like the old RCCG than the one I attend in Nigeria. Still I was drawn back to the “white” church I attended. When it comes to picking a church to attend, I look out for more than just the worship and whether they sing Imela or Awimayehun or Nagode.

That got me thinking. Is worship about the dancing and komole-ing? And when we are done dancing, we are so tired we can’t even concentrate when the word comes? I have seen a lot of people who dance their lives out during worship and doze off once the pastor gets on the pulpit. Funny thing was in the church I attended, you can dance and jump and sweat. In fact there were days after praise and worship, I had to ask one of the ushers for water.

However, it seems that for most people, their idea of praise and worship is the dancing bit. Don’t get me wrong. Even the Bible admonishes us to dance and play instruments when we worship and praise God. We should scream and shout. After all, we have an example of a worshipper in David. And oh boy, didn’t he dance?

But when we focus on just the dancing part and we believe except the song is danceable, we haven’t praised God or haven’t worshipped Him, I think there is a problem. I know worship is more than just the singing and dancing and screaming and shouting and playing instruments. The essence of worship is much more than that.

Love Songs

There was a post on heartcriesholy yesterday and one thing that struck me was the love song part. So here are the lyrics to two songs that….. I can’t describe the feeling. Songs I hear and I feel the writer/composer was in my heart. Songs that move me to tears when I hear them. In Christ alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty and Lend your song to me by Micah Stampley. Watch Micah perform on New Year’s Eve 2011 and all I could say was WOW…

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand 

Link to In Christ alone (quite a number of people have youtube videos on it but here is one which features one of the original composers and Owl City’s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLy8ksqGf9w&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipl-rLRxOrs&feature=related

Lend your song to me

I will worship u with a song in the desert breeze
I will worship with the drumbeat on your holy hill
I will worship u as an instrument of your righteousness
I will worship u with the words you wanna hear

Lend your song to me 

U can trust me
And I will sing to u with my voice my voice
And I amplify the sound of heavens with pipes

And I will offer up myself a holy sacrifice here I am
And I? ll drink forever more from the river of new life

Lend your song to me

I can hear the sound of heaven like a mighty rushing wind
I can hear the sound of heaven rushing rushing me in 
Give me a sound
Can u hear it I can hear it

Link to Lend your song to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i33pP4rWbH4

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