ARTICLE NUMBER SIX
(FOR OCTOBER 1993)
By Mike Speck
This article is a continuation of the four basic parts of a “worship service” . We’ve
already discussed the importance of the first part: CELEBRATION. After we have had
a time of rejoicing and praising God with alive, exciting music we should start to turn the
focus toward the second critical part of our worship time: PARTICIPATION. The pace
and tempo of the music begins to slow somewhat and the hymns, choruses, scripture
songs along with those singing special music enters a time of more intense worship
and adoration of the Lord. During “celebration” we sang and testified about the Lord.
During “participation”, we begin singing more to the Lord. In other words, the
congregation is not the audience and we are not the entertainers. We sing to our
Heavenly Father; for He is our audience.
It is incredible to be in a “worship service” where everyone there is “PARTICIPATING”
in praising and magnifying Jesus. Don’t misunderstand; we all praise Him a little
differently. Some will weep when they walk in to His presence. Others will lift hands;
signifying they surrender to the Spirit of the Lord. Still others will have the peace and
presence of God all over their face. I have been in churches where this special time of
intimacy with the Spirit of God caused supernatural, unexplainable things to take
place. People immediately began to get right with God and each other. I have seen
immense joy break out and countless lives restored and refreshed. The scripture says
“In His presence, there is fullness of joy”.
There are thousands of congregations and churches that have never experienced what
I’m talking about. Hundreds of choirs and ministers of music know how to perform, but
never have this kind of overwhelming glory in their “worship services”. I want to remind
you again that I am just learning about this myself. I have tasted of heavenly things
and can no longer be satisfied by the husks of entertainment and talent. I personally
need that divine interrruption of a Holy God that happens when I truly worship Him. I
think there are many hungry Christians, especially worship leaders, that know there is
surely more to this thing called worship than what we have experienced. Praise His
Holy name, there is!
In the past 22 years of our ministry, I have seen Christianity change dramatically. Yet,
one thing has remained constant–God has, and always will have, a remnant of people
that will worship and praise Him. Why not take a moment today and sing to the Lord a
song from your heart.