Have we gotten used to God?

Worship

I haven’t learnt how to play any musical instrument yet, don’t know if I’m too old to start now. Maybe my kids will start early (hoping they have a flare for it). Although I’m not an instrumentalist or a professional singer, I’ve been blessed with a few as friends. You know it’s easy for someone to rub off on you, when you have close contact. The rubbing off, these friends had on me was an ear to pick out good sound when I heard one (not as though I’m perfect).

On different occasions, one will point out how a wrong key was played on the piano, a wrong pitch by a singer or some good beats on the drums. Most of these criticisms happened in church and gradually I started doing that. I’ll go to church and my ears are tuned to pick out irregularities in the sound production coming from the choir.

Can you relate to my story? Ever been in church and somehow you didn’t feel the vibes coming from the choir, they weren’t living up to your high expectations. I’m sure you’re nodding your head now and saying “finally I get to find someone who reasons like me”.

Hold on a little, my dear “Mozart“. When did the church become a place of entertainment? What’s our aim of going to the house of God? We go to church, and hear songs like this “We lift up holy hands with one accord” and our hands are folded, for the simple reason of poor quality of sound. Yet all of us were quick to do the “Oga at the top” sign when it went viral.

Who do we think we are??? We are not all that. Are we saying without instruments and a “Whitney” led choir we can’t worship God. “He said to them, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers” Matt 21 vs 18 AMP. His house is for prayers and worship is a form of prayer and you come in, and rob God of worship all in the name of wrong musical notes. Does it mean we can’t worship God in our closest without listening to some “good” music or our worship ends once the choir stops singing *smh.

Have we gotten so used to God that we take His things for granted? “Now is the time, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth and the Father is seeking such people” John 4 vs 23 AMP. Will God find you?

Life style

For as much as we live in the dispensation of Grace, let’s not forget the God who has our lives in His hands. Can this be related to our relationships? You’ve suddenly gotten used to your spouse or partner and there’s really nothing else. The spark that once existed has turned to a smoke coming out from burnt out wood. There’s no excitement because we’ve gotten used to them and gradually we start to lose that person.

God is new every morning. You can’t search out His totality. At one point He’s a Way maker, Protector, Provider, Healer, Judge, Father, Shield, High Priest and so much more; and He still listens to all of us when we come to Him lost and confused, never mixes up our prayer request. How can you think you can only worship this Great God conditionally, when the music is played well? If you need to be entertained, go to a concert.

As we celebrate this Easter, may it bring us back to the place of true worship as we remember the price Jesus had to pay on the cross that we may have liberty, and be free from the strongholds of sin and live victorious lives. Get lost in His presence regardless of the quality of music

Loads of Love

JMAD

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4 Responses to Have we gotten used to God?

  1. Melodicpraise says:

    Great write up Chijioke! Great thoughts and thanks for sharing and I totally agree with you.

    Worship is really to THE AUDIENCE OF ONE! As long as God is inhabiting in it, the sound may not matter as such.

    However singing songs means ministration first to God, then to you and others. Yes! others. There is that “OTHERS” factor there.

    You have to appreciate that this is ultimately a whole new level to get to that may not take a quick transformation. The truth is some people because of the whole “yeah, we are not here to sing perfectly” just go with the flow, giving any kind of sound that they wish to. My question is if one were to go before a king to sing, would anything be acceptable? Trust me, this does happen and A WHOLLLEEEE LOT too!

    This is my thing – as much as the anointing is very very important, the SKILL is important, maybe not equally. If you love the Lord and want to make waves, make the effort to get better, improve yourself because there are a group of people that you may not reach because of poor quality/sound.

    Thanks again for sharing. I wish everyone will come to this stage of ignoring the sound and just worshiping in their own way. Like I said, at the end of the day, no matter how cooperate a worship service is, worship/praise is to the audience of one – it’s you and God ALONE!

    • JMAD says:

      I totally agree with you and anything worth doing is worth doing well but somehow we’ve left the the Main Thing which is worship and indirectly worshipped “good sound” and waiting to have the goose pimple feeling before we worship. May we get back to real worship. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Fredrock says:

    Well done Chijioke. If this same you (Chijioke) that I used to Know in Choir way back could observe these abnormalities, then it must be a shame on the part of these so called professional church instrumentalists, choir masters & mistresses.

    Now here is one tin that’s even more annoying…… You can imagine a good Chorister endowed with all the vocal chords and tallents, in His or her Closet, wakes up very early in the morning and starts worshiping God with a weird sounding voice. No ad-lib, no life in d song, all in d fact that He/She is not standing b4 an audience in d choir, and so dey see it as a waste of time and not necessary. WOW!!!… Now, since when has worship become an eye service? Since when has it become a function of the people and not a function of an act of Obeisance to God?. . . . Have you ever imagined why David is called “A Man After God’s Own Heart”?. . . . Maybe it’s high time u found out and u’ll be amazed at your findings… “Unadulterated Praise”. . . “Quality Praise” whether he’s in d midst of crowd or not, He does his thing with 100% perfection. He knows where and how to Tickle God and make Him bob his Head and not how to please man………… I just hope I’m making sense to someone God Bless you Chijioke.

    • JMAD says:

      Fred you hit the nail on the head. We’ve gotten used to pleasing men more. May God open the eyes of our understanding. Thanks

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