Beginning today with the Prologue and continuing on Sundays, I will be taking excerpts for my book Seeing Jesus – A Three Dimensional Look at Worship. I hope you will stick with me for the entire study.
TODAY I AM TAKING YOU ON A JOURNEY, A JOURNEY INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION, NOT ONLY ONE OF SIGHT AND SOUND, BUT OF THE MIND. A JOURNEY INTO A LAND WHO’S BOUNDARIES ARE THAT OF IMAGINATION. NEXT STOP….
THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
As a boy I used to watch with delight each of the 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone. I wondered if there was really another dimension out there. Not being a scientist or a mathematician, I may never know if there is another dimension, but as a believer in Christ, I can say with certainty that there is a Spiritual dimension to this life. There is also a dimension to our worship that truly is out of this world. So I invite you to join me on a journey that will take us into a dimension where we will see Jesus in a new and exciting way.
Have you ever stopped and thought about the size of that word? What does it mean? What does it mean to us if we don’t worship or worship the wrong thing? Today we are flooded with various forms of worship. There are Worship Services led by Worship Leaders. There are Praise and Worship teams, Worship Drama teams, Worship Dance teams. There is Worship Music, Worship Media, Worship Videos and the list goes on. There are Traditional, Blended, and Contemporary Worship Services. It is a veritable smorgasbord of worship styles; there is something for everyone.
If that were not enough, you can go to the dark side and seek your “Vortex” through Yoga. There is self-worship and even devil worship. In any case, the concept of worship is large and there are many aspects, misconceptions and distortions. In this study, we hope to clarify these aspects by journeying back to the basics of worship. What does the Bible say about it?
Our journey will take us past several landmarks, and we would do well to point them so that we will know what to look for.
The first important landmark is located in the high plains of The Desire for Worship where we will stop and linger for a while along its cool waters. Then we will move on to the hill country of The Definition of Worship stopping only long enough to catch a view of the breath-taking vista ahead. From there will ascend the mountain range of The Description of Worship and having scaled those mountains, breathe the fresh air of One-Hundredth Psalm. After cresting its heights, we will begin to descend the slippery slope into the valley of The Distractions from Worship Though at times this will not be pleasant, it will be necessary for us to go through. For in this valley we will pass by the reflecting pool of God’s Word, and if we are wise, stop and look deeply into it to see if there are things in our lives that need correcting. Only then will we be ready to take the road less traveled onto the secret garden of The Dimensions of Worship. There we will spend the rest of our lives drinking from the fountain of the living waters, eating the fruit of God’s grace and from time to time hearing his voice saying, “this is the way, walk in it.” Isa. 30:21
At any moment along this journey, you just might catch a glimpse of the Savior, but here…here in this place you can wander freely with him who is eternal and enjoy the fellowship we once had in the beginning.
Next stop … Worship!