Worship Nights

Bria Connolly writing on some of the reasons why we do worship nights.

Our first worship night is coming up this Saturday (7-8:30 Pm, be there).

Now that that shameless plug is out of the way…

We started these worship nights last year to meet a need that we saw stretching across our youth. A need and a want to enter in deeper. A need and a want to see what God might have in a place of surrender. A need and a want for a community that comes together under the same mission, in the same family.

Now, I’m not saying a night of worship fulfills those needs, or that it is the only way. What I am saying is that it is one way we get to pursue Him, it is one way we get to give of our time, we get to give it solely to Him. We come together on a Saturday night saying together that we would rather come before the Father than go anywhere else.

It is in that place that I have gotten to see the Spirit accomplish beautiful things.

We do worship nights because as people encounter what surrender looks like, what praise looks like, it bleeds into every area of their discipleship to Jesus.

 1 Chronicles 16:23-31 says this:

23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 
24Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 
25For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 
27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 
28 Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 
29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of hisholiness. 
30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
This type of surrender is what the people of God have been called to since creation.
Our God is the only one worthy. The only one whose glory does not depend on us or anything else. He is all-sufficient. He is not needy. He is not relying on our praises to magnify him, the whole earth shouts his name even if we keep silent.
YET, the surrender of our praises, our lifted hands and voices, they are a sweet incense to Him.
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
This is the sacrifice we bring to the One who needs nothing from us. We get to bring something sweet to Him. We get to give to Him our surrender. We get to give Him ourselves.
We bring to the One, the thing He saw as worth dying for.
We bring Him our hearts.
We shout His name together, we get on our knees together, we lift our hands together, declaring that He is worth our hearts.
We bring Him the sacrifice of praise.
A sweet sound to the ears of a holy King.
We do worship nights as a chance to be obedient to the call to worship, a chance to be in community with people who seek surrender, and a chance to give our all-sufficient Father a sacrifice that is sweet to Him. To give back from all He has already given.
Then, the prayer is that this heart of worship would be contagious. That we would learn from each other in the safety of community and worship. That we would learn what surrender looks like, and that surrender, that worship, would start to become like the air we breathe. That we would become a people who have surrender as a natural disposition.
For some, that will ignite in a room. A room that has nothing special about it, but when filled with the people of God, with only a mission of praise, can change the trajectory of everything.
For some, that will be saying yes to a Saturday night. Yes to looking only at Him, for an hour. And that yes may carry into every hour as we learn the sweetness of His presence.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”
The offering is us. Let us come before Him.

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