Worship • Devotion #4: Rock Band
Wes McCullough | Production Director
A few years ago, I attended a Student Life conference by Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin. Being a musician, the music aspect was especially meaningful for me. However, what I remember most from those special days is an illustration by Pastor Giglio in which he spoke about some stars that are thousands of light-years from Earth. The rotation of these stars produces a tone or pulse that he arranged one by one into the musical progression for the song “How Great Is Our God.” His point was so clear; God created everything to give Him praise.
In Luke chapter 11, Jesus is asked to teach how to pray. Many of us have His response memorized:
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” Luke 11:2-4 NKJV
This response is short because it is more of an outline. Jesus teaches us to start prayer with praise. Later in Luke, we learn how important it is for us to worship God.
“As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these (people) were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” Luke 19:37-40
Some translations say that the rocks would immediately cry out! I love the truth that God is so worthy of being praised that if people do not do it, animals and inanimate objects will jump in to get the job done. God may not have given you a beautiful singing voice, but I promise you your praises are still beautiful to His ears. Not everyone praises Him now, but they will one day.
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11