College kids worship the Lord. They are too young to know that it isn’t civilized to let it go and worship. So…they worship. They are unencumbered, they are free. We adults, on the other hand are too introspective, too self-absorbed, too hurt, too wounded, too bound-up and therefore, too tame. We have made religion all about being safe, wealthy, “blessed”, riskless, predictable, manageable. We’ve made it all about “me”.
Where on earth did we get that notion from? Look at Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joseph, Esther, Daniel – all of them snatched from comfort and safety and the life they knew and thrust into radical dependence of God. Where did we come to believe that a life of faith was supposed to be predictable and safe? What’s the cost of that belief? Everything.
We talked this morning about the Love of God – Oh how He loves us. God did not give it all through His Son on the Cross this Friday so you can be a “nice guy” or a “good, dutiful Christian businessman”. He gave it all for reason…for His love of you. He loves you. Radically.
And so, worship Him. Just freaking worship Him. If only for one reason and one reason alone, because He loves you.
Kari Jobe was in Opelika last week and as she started the concert she called those that wanted to come up front. The college students rushed to the front and just let go in worshipping the Father. They are too young to know this wasn’t civilized. I want that. From now on, I want that. Who cares? Who am I trying to impress with my civility? He loves me. He gave it all for me. I get to wake up every day and just worship and celebrate Him and feel His love and pleasure with me. I am a Masterpiece. His is the Voice I am going to listen to. He alone is worthy of praise.
So we closed with this song. Pray these words over you today and the days to come as we prepare for Good Friday and beyond. We stood this morning at our close. Some of us “sort of” danced. Many of us lifted our hands and let these words drench us with His love. Personalize these words…
“I am your church. I am your son. I am gathered here to meet with you. I lift my eyes. I lay my heart before you expectant here for you to move. With my hands to the heaven alive in your presence oh God when you come. So pour out your Spirit. I love to be near you oh God when you come. You are the way, the truth and the life I live for. Oh how I long to know you more. Come like a rushing wind. Come light my fire again. Come like a burning flame. Have your way in me. Have your way.”
rock it out. turn it up. don’t hold back. just worship. just worship…