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Worship and Humility
3 September 2009, 9:12 am
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Over the weekend I had a stimulating discussion with some dear brothers about worship. It was one of those conversations that comes along naturally but goes so deep, right to the core of what life is about – I thrive on moments like this. We were discussing how to regain awe at the majesty, glory and power of our great God when we praise him in song without losing the idea of worship as all of life. I thought there were great points made on both sides and holding the two in tension was maintained.

As I was reading Humility by Andrew Murray this morning, I came across some great quotes that touch on the idea of worship as all of life – being able to glorify God even in the most mundane and ordinary tasks of life. The context of this quote is that ‘it is easy to think we humble ourselves before God: but humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real’. In other words, you can’t create a dichotmy between the spiritual life and ordinary life – the two must collide. Which brings me to our quote for the day:

The insignificances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us. It is in our most unguarded moments that we really show and see what we are. To know the humble man, to know how the humble man behaves, you must follow in the common course of daily life.

So what does your normal life look like? Could someone tell that Jesus has made any difference to the way you live?


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Challenging post bro. Gives me lots to think about, especially that word “unguarded”. It’s a challenge not to have the sacred/secular divide in our lives.

To pick up one theme from our original discussion, is singing and praise a special and separate kind of worship? Does singing differ from stapling for instance?

Comment by Josh Maule

Josh – I’m glad that I’ve given you food for thought. I totally agree that it is difficult to break down the walls of the sacred/secular divide in our lives. This is indeed something I would like to chat about further and draw out at LiVE – perhaps in scope time, hearing how people are using ordinary moments to worship and honour God.

Any tips on breaking down that dichotomy? I think you had some helpful suggestions on Saturday night.

On singing as a “holy” type of worship (special, separate, set apart), I think that the Scriptures regard it as different/distinct activity. But I think that singing must come from a worshipful life and a transformed heart – it’s not so much about creating a distinction between ordinary life and singing as much as it is an outlet for our praise, adoration and wonder at God’s grace in Christ.

I’d love to hear back from you on this…

Comment by bradkonemann

I was chatting to my grandma the other day and she said maybe the difference between stapling and singing is that during singing you can focus your thoughts fully and completely on God. I think that’s a good distinction to make.

Singing and praise are a direct response to God’s grace, where as stapling be using God-given gifts in our God-given world. There’s a difference. You can be thankful and grateful in both instances but in different ways.

Not everything is beautiful and poetic, but we can give thanks for everything.

Comment by Josh Maule

The way your grandma describes it reminds me of prayer – focusing your thoughts fully and completely upon God. And yet we think of prayer in two ways: saying prayers as well as being in constant communion with God and having a prayerful attitude throughout the day, as we understand ‘pray without ceasing’ 1 Thessalonians 5. Maybe the best way to understand both prayer and worship is to hold the different definitions in tension, with neither overriding the other.

Comment by Brad Konemann

Hi Mate,
Am just reading through your past blogs and wanted to comment on this one as we have been looking at music in church and what that means. I totally agree about worship being the whole life. Picking up on Josh’s comment about with singing you can focus your thoughts fully and completely on God. This is still a choice. We sang a song at our music meeting and I asked people what it was about and no-one knew…they were just words and music. So I believe it isn’t that it is holy song, it is where our focus and heart is that is important in ALL areas of our lives.

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