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Worship Team Meditation: “All Creatures of Our God and King”

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 Dad-childAll creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise him! Alleluia!

God has set this world in order. It runs like clockwork in infinite detail with amazing precision. The order of this world testifies to a mastermind of infinite proportions. Yet God’s attention to detail extends to the smallest thing. As mankind lives and moves within this infinitely organized world, we organize our own lives as we reflect God’s creativity and resourcefulness. We call it culture. And when the cultural organization of our lives is in tune with God, we live in harmony as his creation. But when we assume the role of demi-god and force a foreign culture onto a people, we move outside of God’s graceful order. Skirmishes begin to disrupt the grace relationship in which God calls us to live. The joy of singing “Alleluia” is lost when we are under attack from those who should bring God’s grace. War breaks out in our soul, in our relationships, and in our churches. The term “worship war” is an oxymoron. There can be no war in worship when worship belongs solely to God.

And all ye men of tender heart,

Forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on Him cast your care!

O praise him! Alleluia!

How can we rediscover the joy of “Alleluia” when the song of heartfelt worship has been drowned out by a worship war? Hearts may once again become tender through praising God and casting our cares on him. Our souls cry out to God in the unique language of our hearts. In those heart languages we embrace the cross and the love given there. May this act of worship bring you to forgive those who have forced their culture on you. Then may you rise in “humbleness” and worship our God with a fresh spirit, free from the hurts of the past. “O praise him. Alleluia!”

Let all things their Creator bless,

And worship him in humbleness,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise him! O praise him!

                      Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

                  — Mark Powers

Francis of Assisi, paraphrased by William Draper and Thomas Ken, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Public Domain.

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Author: Mark Powers

Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC. Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Growing Brilliant Worship Leaders . Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail markpowers@scbaptist.org or call 803-227-6166. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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