Worship Does God's Story (Devotion)
One of the best books I’ve read on worship is Robert Webber's, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God's Narrative. The title of this article is taken from this book. When we say that “worship does God's story” we mean that when we gather for worship our main purpose is to engage God's story through remembrance and anticipation. We remember what God has done, and we anticipate the final and full redemption of all creation when Christ returns.
I love what Webber has to say on this subject. He stresses over and over that worship isn't about the individual (i.e. "I really felt like I worshiped today," or "I really enjoyed the service," as if it had some entertainment value), but rather it is about God - what he has done, what he is doing (through the Church), and what he is going to do; remembrance and anticipation. Worship of this kind evokes responses such as "I can't believe that God would do that for the world and for me!" or "What a great story!" (p. 110).
"Because God is the subject who acts upon me in worship, my participation is not reduced to verbal responses or to singing, but it is living in the pattern of the One who is revealed in worship. God, as the subject of worship, acts through the truth of Christ remembered and envisioned in worship. This truth forms me by the Spirit of God to live out the union I have with Jesus by calling me to die to sin and live in the resurrection," (p. 111).
I love the Trinitarian language Webber uses here. God is the subject of our worship, and is revealed through Christ. This truth forms us through the power of the Holy Spirit, Who empowers us and enables us to participate in worship through dying to sin and living in the resurrection.
I might also add, that living in the resurrection also entails that we partner with God in his redemptive work in the world as we anticipate Christ's return, for active participation in God's redemption in the world is an act of worship.
When we gather for worship, let us remember the time when God entered into our world, and our suffering, through the birth of Jesus. And that through this child, redemption for the world came. Our rescue from sin and death arrived. He lived and died, and was resurrected so that one day He may return once again to put all things once and for all back into its right and proper place. We remember Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection - and we anticipate His future return.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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