Worship Mythbusters: The Myth of A Painless Offering of Worship (PART 3)

WMB is a series and this is Part 3, a final wrap up for  Monday’s post & Wednesday’s post

The Myth of a painless offering of worship.

I believe that worship, speaking even of and specifically about our weekend gatherings, is not painless. Of course, I do not mean that it is “painful” but that it is a myth to think we are entitled to worship without cost.  Yeah, I used the word “painless” as a way to address our demand in our culture for ease.  The goal it seems is to ease our lives when sometimes things we do that cause pain actually advance us.  Exercise is a perfect example of this.

As far are our weekend gathering, we would do well to have a different opinion about our experience on the days when things make us uncomfortable and even perhaps in pain.  If we are having heartburn about a point in the message, distressed over the volume of the music, dissatisfied with the glum-faced people around us it does not negate a worship experience–it makes that experience a sacrifice.  The best example of this is to offer a sacrifice of praise during the most hurtful times in life.  Our decision to offer praise and worship regardless of our pain might actually be what allows us to find some healing from that pain.

On this point, read Psalm after Psalm and you will find a process of despair, grief and hope all sandwiched with praise for who God is and for what He has done in the past.  The exercise of choosing to worship and praise God reminds me of Paul and Silas in prison.  It appears that their singing of worship opened the doors and loosened their shackles–both literally and figuratively.

Your thought, please.  Should we decide to praise God even when things go south for us or when we feel hurt?

 

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

24 comments

  1. Absolutely. A great example of this for me was when our pastor’s wife committed suicide and I led worship the next morning for two services, then later at her funeral. It was harder than any other time I’ve led but remembering that God is good even when life is difficult was key to my healing.

  2. Absolutely. A great example of this for me was when our pastor’s wife committed suicide and I led worship the next morning for two services, then later at her funeral. It was harder than any other time I’ve led but remembering that God is good even when life is difficult was key to my healing.

  3. Absolutely. A great example of this for me was when our pastor’s wife committed suicide and I led worship the next morning for two services, then later at her funeral. It was harder than any other time I’ve led but remembering that God is good even when life is difficult was key to my healing.

  4. Absolutely. A great example of this for me was when our pastor’s wife committed suicide and I led worship the next morning for two services, then later at her funeral. It was harder than any other time I’ve led but remembering that God is good even when life is difficult was key to my healing.

  5. Great question.
    It is at this time when we worship God the most freely. When he takes things away, it is easier, at least for me, to worship because I am worshipping him in spite of circumstances. It is easy to praise when it is going good. It is a sacrifice of praise when it is hard.

  6. Great question.
    It is at this time when we worship God the most freely. When he takes things away, it is easier, at least for me, to worship because I am worshipping him in spite of circumstances. It is easy to praise when it is going good. It is a sacrifice of praise when it is hard.

  7. Great question.
    It is at this time when we worship God the most freely. When he takes things away, it is easier, at least for me, to worship because I am worshipping him in spite of circumstances. It is easy to praise when it is going good. It is a sacrifice of praise when it is hard.

  8. Great question.
    It is at this time when we worship God the most freely. When he takes things away, it is easier, at least for me, to worship because I am worshipping him in spite of circumstances. It is easy to praise when it is going good. It is a sacrifice of praise when it is hard.

  9. This is good stuff, Rich.
    I’m also relating in an extra way–worship for me with my fellow believers on Sunday shall be different than usual. I’ll be worshiping without being able to be verbal due to losing my voice (& allowing someone else to lead our early service in that capacity since I obviously can’t), and possibly dealing with ACTUAL pain/fatigue (ha ha) from a sinus headache/cold. This week I’ve wanted to sing more, and been unable to, and what a great way to think about it — the sacrifice is that I can’t let it out of my heart in the same way, and yet that doesn’t make it any less worship to the King of kings unless I let it keep me from worshiping at all. I’ll be thinking about this post Sunday to keep me “in line” as well as until Sunday, too, and also really liked what you said here:

    “As far are our weekend gathering, we would do well to have a different opinion about our experience on the days when things make us uncomfortable and even perhaps in pain. If we are having heart burn about a point in the message, distressed over the volume of the music, dissatisfied with the glum faced people around us it does not negate a worship experience–it makes that experience a sacrifice.”

  10. This is good stuff, Rich.
    I’m also relating in an extra way–worship for me with my fellow believers on Sunday shall be different than usual. I’ll be worshiping without being able to be verbal due to losing my voice (& allowing someone else to lead our early service in that capacity since I obviously can’t), and possibly dealing with ACTUAL pain/fatigue (ha ha) from a sinus headache/cold. This week I’ve wanted to sing more, and been unable to, and what a great way to think about it — the sacrifice is that I can’t let it out of my heart in the same way, and yet that doesn’t make it any less worship to the King of kings unless I let it keep me from worshiping at all. I’ll be thinking about this post Sunday to keep me “in line” as well as until Sunday, too, and also really liked what you said here:

    “As far are our weekend gathering, we would do well to have a different opinion about our experience on the days when things make us uncomfortable and even perhaps in pain. If we are having heart burn about a point in the message, distressed over the volume of the music, dissatisfied with the glum faced people around us it does not negate a worship experience–it makes that experience a sacrifice.”

  11. This is good stuff, Rich.
    I’m also relating in an extra way–worship for me with my fellow believers on Sunday shall be different than usual. I’ll be worshiping without being able to be verbal due to losing my voice (& allowing someone else to lead our early service in that capacity since I obviously can’t), and possibly dealing with ACTUAL pain/fatigue (ha ha) from a sinus headache/cold. This week I’ve wanted to sing more, and been unable to, and what a great way to think about it — the sacrifice is that I can’t let it out of my heart in the same way, and yet that doesn’t make it any less worship to the King of kings unless I let it keep me from worshiping at all. I’ll be thinking about this post Sunday to keep me “in line” as well as until Sunday, too, and also really liked what you said here:

    “As far are our weekend gathering, we would do well to have a different opinion about our experience on the days when things make us uncomfortable and even perhaps in pain. If we are having heart burn about a point in the message, distressed over the volume of the music, dissatisfied with the glum faced people around us it does not negate a worship experience–it makes that experience a sacrifice.”

  12. This is good stuff, Rich.
    I’m also relating in an extra way–worship for me with my fellow believers on Sunday shall be different than usual. I’ll be worshiping without being able to be verbal due to losing my voice (& allowing someone else to lead our early service in that capacity since I obviously can’t), and possibly dealing with ACTUAL pain/fatigue (ha ha) from a sinus headache/cold. This week I’ve wanted to sing more, and been unable to, and what a great way to think about it — the sacrifice is that I can’t let it out of my heart in the same way, and yet that doesn’t make it any less worship to the King of kings unless I let it keep me from worshiping at all. I’ll be thinking about this post Sunday to keep me “in line” as well as until Sunday, too, and also really liked what you said here:

    “As far are our weekend gathering, we would do well to have a different opinion about our experience on the days when things make us uncomfortable and even perhaps in pain. If we are having heart burn about a point in the message, distressed over the volume of the music, dissatisfied with the glum faced people around us it does not negate a worship experience–it makes that experience a sacrifice.”

  13. Often times I am drawn to your blog when my heart is hurting and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to effectively lead worship. Tonight is no different, Rich…and I find that you have written something that I desperately need to hear right now. Thank you so much.
    Tomorrow’s service is going to be incredibly difficult for me and my worship team, and even during our rehearsal on Thursday I had a difficult time singing “You give and take away…my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name.”

    I do believe that we should worship and praise regardless of the pain in our hearts and our lives. I personally make that choice over and over again, and have experienced first hand the hope and healing that can come out of it. My question is…is it ok to have tears along with the praise?

  14. Often times I am drawn to your blog when my heart is hurting and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to effectively lead worship. Tonight is no different, Rich…and I find that you have written something that I desperately need to hear right now. Thank you so much.
    Tomorrow’s service is going to be incredibly difficult for me and my worship team, and even during our rehearsal on Thursday I had a difficult time singing “You give and take away…my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name.”

    I do believe that we should worship and praise regardless of the pain in our hearts and our lives. I personally make that choice over and over again, and have experienced first hand the hope and healing that can come out of it. My question is…is it ok to have tears along with the praise?

  15. Often times I am drawn to your blog when my heart is hurting and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to effectively lead worship. Tonight is no different, Rich…and I find that you have written something that I desperately need to hear right now. Thank you so much.
    Tomorrow’s service is going to be incredibly difficult for me and my worship team, and even during our rehearsal on Thursday I had a difficult time singing “You give and take away…my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name.”

    I do believe that we should worship and praise regardless of the pain in our hearts and our lives. I personally make that choice over and over again, and have experienced first hand the hope and healing that can come out of it. My question is…is it ok to have tears along with the praise?

  16. Often times I am drawn to your blog when my heart is hurting and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to effectively lead worship. Tonight is no different, Rich…and I find that you have written something that I desperately need to hear right now. Thank you so much.
    Tomorrow’s service is going to be incredibly difficult for me and my worship team, and even during our rehearsal on Thursday I had a difficult time singing “You give and take away…my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name.”

    I do believe that we should worship and praise regardless of the pain in our hearts and our lives. I personally make that choice over and over again, and have experienced first hand the hope and healing that can come out of it. My question is…is it ok to have tears along with the praise?

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