Do our worship traditions entertain or train (in righteousness)?
Dimmed lights enhance the atmosphere, but where’s the Sabbath rest?
Are we in church for entertainment or do we want God’s best?
What is the goal of worship? Is it to train for spiritual war
Or to do religious motions? What have we come here for?
Do our worship traditions mean much or do we do them in vain?
We can sing to please the masses and repeat a fine refrain.
But does it bring us to the God who can sustain?
We know His Word is powerful to save, deliver, heal,
But if it doesn’t show His love, then what does that reveal?
Do our worship traditions entertain or train in righteousness,
Or, in some instances, do such traditions cause distress?
“You’ve made the scriptures to have no effect through your tradition,”
Jesus told the men bound in religious superstition.
Had their worship turned into a music competition?
For God’s Word was in their minds but yet it wasn’t in their heart.
The Holy Spirit’s presence they neglected to impart.
Though in the seat of Moses, a position of respect,
They had no power to cast out demons, heal, or resurrect.
When Jesus healed the man who suffered from a withered hand,
They hated His authority. To have Him killed they planned.
Therefore, it seems their worship really wasn’t all that grand.
For God desires worship both in spirit and in truth,
But fleshly worship ends in death. It doesn’t bear good fruit,
Because when it’s man-made, then self-reliance soon sets in,
With defiance of God’s will, and then no one can win.
It’s like a heavy Jeroboam golden calf idol of sin.
Such church traditions entertain, but band members aren’t called.
Just anyone can join the team. The godly are appalled,
For graven ways of doing things drain power from the church,
And truly gifted people find themselves left in the lurch,
Shut out by praise that’s dry. It’s not the well for which they search.
And what if Christ should suddenly appear within our church?
Would we like how we’ve portrayed the One for whom the sheep do thirst?
For if we say “believe for wonders” but don’t show them many,
Aren’t some likely to conclude, “They really haven’t any”?