Oswald Chambers once said, “human nature, if it is healthy, demands excitement. And if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never made bloodless stories; He made passionate saints.”
So how in the world could we have made worship of the Altogether Lovely One dull and boring? Robert Lewis Stevenson, the Victorian author, once wrote in his journal, “Went to church today. Was not greatly depressed.”
At Wedgwood one of our core values is Contagious Passion!! And it spills over into our Worship. The Monday after Easter the Devil was working me over. In the NFL (“No Fun League) one can get penalized for “excessive celebration” after scoring a touchdown. That’s what he was charging me with. (You’ll remember we concluded the message with a “wave” of praise to our resurrected Lord. Excessive? I really don’t think so, but thank you for not calling me on it).
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that the Father was seeking for passionate worshipers. People like:
—Habakkuk—The Babylonians were about to overwhelm Judah. “Though the fig tree shall not blossom…yet will I rejoice in the Lord.”
—David—”I will bless the Lord at all times.”
—Paul and Silas—Beaten, imprisoned, in stocks at midnight, yet still singing praises.
No matter what our circumstances we choose to praise God anyway, and to do it with passion.
He deserves it.
In His love,