How to have worship services that God doesn’t hate.

12 Oct

It’s true. He says so. God hates worship services. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

“I hate, I despise your religious feasts;
I cannot stand your assemblies.”

But then, almost as if he wants to really injure us, he says he hates the music too. I’m serious:

“Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.”

Think about all the time, energy and money we put into singing in worship. God calls it noise. He says he will not listen to it.

I’m interested in your thoughts. Do you believe God would say this? And why?

This Sunday we learn to have worship services that God doesn’t hate…have any suggestions of what we should do in worship services so he might like our songs?

2 Responses to “How to have worship services that God doesn’t hate.”

  1. Lisa B October 16, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    He would totally say this because He knows our hearts! I hate it when my heart isn’t in it. I’ve had to stop singing songs before because I knew I didn’t believe at that moment what the words were saying. I’ve wanted to skip communion at times because I felt there was something unresolved. I can’t worship God on Sunday and then curse Him with my life on Monday. So, yeah. Hard stuff, but it’s definitely about more than just what we do on Sunday. If my life doesn’t line up with what I proclaim in corporate worship, then God’s gonna hate it.

    • joelkime October 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Right on, Lisa. I’m about to write a post linking the sermon podcast, and that was the main idea exactly. Dr. Dorsey’s outline is great…the heart (unmatched center) of the book is chapter five where the phrase “seek me and live” is repeated three times. The question we are beginning to wrestle with, and this came out in the sermon discussion group on Sunday, is this “What is discipleship?” So I started reading Going Deep by Macdonald, and it seems it is about the same thing. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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