I soaked up every minute of my last chapel at Woodland Christian School back in May. Why? Anymore I never know when the next time I’ll be able to help out with worship will be. Being able to use what little bit of talent the Lord has given me to ultimately serve Him, not only by worshiping Him myself but by helping others to do so as well, is something that I cherish and do not take lightly. As the school year drew to a close and I tried to imagine what life in Chico might be like I was reminded of what it was like being in a college town before: everyone plays guitar. The opportunities to lead worship were much tougher to come by and the entire time I was in Southern California, not once did an opportunity present itself. This is why after my last chapel at Woodland Christian I was pensive about the possibility that it could be months and months before I got to lead again. I am overjoyed to say that the past three Sundays I’ve been able to lead worship or at least help do so. It’s been humbling to realize how overjoyed I am just to be able to have the opportunity to give all glory to God and to help others do so as well. Being excited about being humbled seems so backwards but that’s exactly how it is.
It’s interesting to me to think of how the worship of God affects us as believers. How often do you leave Church on a Sunday morning feeling awesome, energized, refreshed? Is this wrong? Of course not. Do I think that we worship God to “get something out of it”? No. I’m still wrestling with this whole Christian Hedonism thing. Not because I disagree with it, because I know that true worship is satisfaction in God. Sometimes it’s just hard to explain it without making it sound like you’re worshiping to “get something out of it”. My recommendation is that you read The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper or, even though I haven’t read it yet, Desiring God.
Back to my point. Few things make me happier than being involved in worship through music, but I’m just trying to think through my motives. I would hate to find out that I love for any reason other than bringing glory to Him. Piper wrote, “If the focus shifts onto our giving to God, one result I have seen again and again is that, subtly, it is not God that remains at the center but the quality of our giving.” Take the focus away from God? May it never be. All the same, as long as we’re able, let us never quit using the gifts he has provided us to give glory where glory is due. Blessed be His name.