Scriptural Truth – God’s On His Throne, Not On Stage
The God we serve is a spiritual being both deserving and desirous of our deepest respect. Though described in Scripture as a friend to man (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23), He’s not some sort of “good buddy” to joke with or about. Our God is still on the throne (Psalm 45:6), His ways remain (higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9), and His authoritative Word still promises to judge us in the Last Day (Rev. 20:12). Our God is eminently worthy of our reverence, thus we must serve him “acceptably with reverence and Godly fear” (Heb. 12:28). Truly, reverence is the “very first element of religion.” Our worship individually or collectively should be permeated with expressions of joy and thanksgiving. Our worship should not resemble a morbid nor frightening experience but neither should it reflect or be confused for a carnival or a rock concert. Whether our worship is that offered during a Sunday morning service, a youth gathering, or lectureship regardless where, when, or by whom the worship is performed it must be characterized by reverence, praise and adoration, “let all things be done decently and in order “ (1 Cor. 14:40).
The worship assembly is not the proper setting for screaming, whistling, clapping, and stomping the feet or waving hands in the air in response to a speaker’s message. We do not gather to pay reverence men, but to worship God. We do not come together as to a football game, theatrical performance or band concert; we to come to worship God. We do not assemble with the intent of being entertained or lifted to an emotional high; we come to worship God. Any assembly of saints with the intent of worshipping and praising the God of heaven should reject that which emphasizes the carnal emotions and minimizes the spiritual man. In the realm of worship, “zeal without knowledge” paves a dangerous road toward pagan, flesh-oriented, and riotous assemblies. Most today have gone this route, with services geared more toward entertaining man than worshipping God. We need to learn to do all things Christ like to include our joy of worship exhibiting reverence for the holy God. Remember, our God is on the throne – not on stage! Until next week this is the ScripturalTruth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church ofChrist (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook