Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
Worship is the Heart of WorldviewBy Evan Nehring
I've got an old worship song going through my head tonight. Wish I had a recording of it, but the version in my head is pretty good. It’s morning chapel back in the day at North Central University. Larry Bach pulls a thousand faces from prayer to song with a quiet piano intro and some encouraging words. The band kicks into a very tight rock groove, straight four with the descending bass pattern locked in with the kick. Three part BGV's are ready at the mic as hands and passion shoot to the sky.
Lord, be glorified in the life of your servant
I am your child, teach me to walk in your ways
May my sacrifice be a sweet smelling savor
Lord of my life, teach me how to praise
The praise goes improv as the band vamps it once on our own. (I'm on bass by the way, just inside that side door corner at the bottom of the stairs. I'm also playing bass in the back on this picture but it's from another time.)
The music wasn't about the style, although we loved that. The style just meant that the praise was coming from us, from who we were. And jocks and brains and profs and babes, mostly we were all into it. Chapel was an amazing privilege. And God met us there over and over. And we were becoming men and women, servant leaders from kids.
Lord, be glorified in me still today. Let my life be a sweet smelling savor still today. Still teach me how to walk and how to praise.
One of the reasons young adults worshiping is so powerful is because you, young adults, are so present in the arena of decision. You are choosing who or what you will worship, what you will give your life to.
Will you worship the beauty and complexity of the heavens or the majesty and mercy of the Creator? Will you run after the passion of sex and relationships or will you give yourself first to Love? Will you choose your own human wisdom and strength to master your life or will you first yield ownership to your Maker?
Worship is the heart of worldview.