What are your expectations of worship?
Often we walk through church doors expecting the music to be spot on, the lights humming, the people fully engaged and the atmosphere electric. But how does it get to be like that? Do we need the lights, the music and the atmosphere to live up to our own expectations for God to show up?
Our expectations of what church worship needs to be is largely based on the false precedent set by the likes of Planetshaker and Hillsong DVD’s that have infiltrated western churches. They are advertising church worship to be a glorified concert, and setting an expectation that this is the only way corporate worship can be.
I am not saying that God does not show up and minister to His people at those types of hype-worship events, but that there is no reason for every church worship set to try and live up to that falsified expectation. Instead, let me paint a quite different scene.
A reflective scene. A humble guitar. A pure heart. A song of hope drifting across the still quiet gathering. The quiet whispers of God.
“After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave…”
1 Kings 19:12-13
When you come to worship God, come expecting to meet with Him. Expect to find Him in the most humble of words, in the simplest songs and in the whispers of the silence that may befall upon you.