November 13, 2011

Seeking Balance

"Tradition is the living faith of those who are dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of those who are living." - Jaroslav Pelikan.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth / But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him. 
O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy / Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 
Praise him with tambourine and dancing / Be still, and know that I am God.

So many seemingly conflicting statements about worship in the Old Testament.
So many churches that choose one or the other for their style of worship.

"We've always done it this way."
"We're going to do things different because______."

Jubilant praise and singing is not incompatible with silent, prayerful reflection on the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to redeem us from our sins.

The Holy Spirit that turned people's focus outward on the Pentecost to proclaim Christ to all the world is the same Holy Spirit that renews and comforts us in the depths our spirit.

"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe"

Gratitude is both joyful and humble, proclaiming and silent.

True balance isn't achieved by moving the weights to the middle of the scales; it comes from equal weight on both ends.

He desires our joyful praise.
He desires our crushed hearts.
We can give him both in worship, with reverence and awe.

For our God is a consuming fire.

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