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Noisy Worship

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 16, 2009

I have always loved trusting the Bible over tradition.  Tradition tends to change and morph the original intent into a strong force too often bent against the very thing it tries to uphold.

Take Angels for example. We exalt these wonderful beings to a level not given by God.  Many have prayed to them, some have been “sainted”, others become statues that adorn our homes and cars.  But Biblically speaking, they are only servants like us – only they live in heaven.

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” – Revelation 22:8,9

John found out what angels think of these misdirected acts of worship.  But have you ever wondered how angels really worship?

First of all, they can’t sing.  OK, so they might could sing, but there is no scripture in the bible that mentions any angel ever singing.  “Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing ov’r the plains” never happened. (See Luke 2:13,14) They speak, but they don’t sing.

Actually, you might describe them as rather “noisy”.  Think about it.  What kind of noise bothers you the most.  For me, it’s a constant drumming, repeating sound.  A child saying, “mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, infinitum” can really get on your nerves.

Guess what the angels closest to God say, day and night. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8) over and over and over and… well you get the picture.

No beautiful music, just angels speaking – making noise — Making a joyful noise.

Ok, so let me try this one on you.  Remember in the Psalm where David pens the words, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord” (Psalm 98:4) What if David actually was on to something there.  Not the music we are so acustom to hearing, but the meditative sound of words being spoken in worship to the Lord.

Have you ever wanted to worship the Lord like an angel?  If you want to find out what that is like, you gotta start like an angel starts – long, repetative, non-music lyrics of noise.

With this in mind, think about all those people in church that struggle to carry a tune.  You know who you are.  You are the ones who can’t carry a tune in a bucket.  Well your redemption is here!  You my friends are the only angelic voices in the entire congregation on a Sunday morning.

Therefore, speak  up, speak loud and let the monotone noise proceed from your lips with harmony only angels can relate to and God loves


3 Responses to “Noisy Worship”

  1. court4court said

    I just read the best book that talks about coming before the presence of God with singing and worship. It has really helped me understand the importance of music when worshiping and using many different examples from the bible to prove it. http://www.amazon.com/Music-His-Ears-Kathryn-Hancock/dp/1607913577/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239933273&sr=1-2

    • undergroundchurch said

      I am a huge supporter of music in worship; however I do feel that we have narrowed our scope of worship in many instances where we limit our intimate worship to music alone. I see in many service people that feel they can’t sing relegate themselve to “outside participation”. My encouragement to them is that God isn’t concerned about the quality of their voice but the character of their heart.

  2. […] wrote an article (see it here) on why I think you don’t see angels sing and why we do, but even with this, I don’t […]

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