We, as the christian church (not so much at Oak Mountain, but certainly elsewhere) spend SO much time and energy and dialogue about what is and isn’t appropriate in worship; hymns vs praise songs, choruses, repeats, thee’s, thou’s, stanzas, what we should sing, what we shouldn’t sing, when it was written . . . .
I think we SOMETIMES forget that worship is in the presence of the living lord and savior – Jesus. He’s there. He’s with us, in the room.
The ironic thing is – one of the only pictures that we’re given in scripture of what worship may look like is through Christ’s revelation to John. Right there in chapter 4, John sees the 4 living creatures, and the 24 elders . . . and what are they doing?
They’re encircling the throne where the Lamb is seated – and they’re repeating – over and over and over again:
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
Notice it says “and whenever . . . “
Just a thought.