Whew! Barely squeaking in this week’s read-along post before the buzzer. We didn’t talk about the book last week, so it’s “Proclaim” (pages 35-39) this week.
What did you think??
I really (really) liked the concept of justice always being connected to worship. I think it’s something I haven’t ever really thought all the way through. I do know that the worship times at church that I connect with the most are the ones where we’re talking/singing about God’s heart for the poor and what we can do to love them in Jesus’ name.
I think we’re often tempted to make worship more about us and what God can do for us.
“In worship we cast our lives upon the faithful and just power of God. When we do so, we oppose all acts of unjust power” (36). I love that.
And this: “The entirety of Scripture emphasizes that true worship, by definition, must always have us thinking about our neighbors in need, just as loving our neighbor should always flow out of our worship. Justice is always connected to worship, because both worship and justice are about the right ordering of the world. Both worship and justice proclaim and declare God’s lordship over all–including evil, including oppression” (36-37).
I love how she says that worship connects us to the oppressed. I know that when we tutor refugee kiddos on Tuesday nights, it feels like worship to me. Connecting with these kids, laughing with them, helping them, loving them. God’s heart beats for that.
And I can relate on a personal level to the part where she said, “in the face of any darkness, we can worship. We must worship.” Gabe has had a string of really rough days. Some hard, hard stuff. And we’ve been able to worship God as a family in the midst of it all. We know God’s good, and we tell him. We know he can bring healing, and we tell him. We thank him that we’re all still alive and together, and we trust him with our future.
“Worship–the declaration of who God is over and against any reality that would vie to mock God’s reign” (39).
I’d love for you to give God some praise in the comments today. I’ll start.