Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2)
I used to read about how worship was about “remembering”.
I didn’t like that language. To me, at the time, worship was about passion, intensity… Tears, repentance, joy.
The list went on and on; I preferred words like that over “flat-line” words like “remember.”
I mean, I remember to get milk from the store; I remember to pick up a pen before I leave for work (no really, I do).
I wanted worship to be more about “remembering.” I wanted it to be like … well…
A Rage Against the Machine Concert…
… Or … what was that band from Ireland?
THAT was what I wanted worship to feel like.
(and yes, EVERY Sunday)
But this weekend I reconsidered.
To put it bluntly, worship is absolutely based on remembrance: of our salvation, of the things God has done for us.
If it’s not, it’s idolatry.
Harsh, I know, but if worship isn’t grounded in the acts of God, than we are either making up things up or worshiping “worship.”
And that adds up to idolatry.
It’s easy to sing songs; it’s not too difficult to get people to sing with you (well, some Sundays it is).
But that’s not the point.
Over and over, God tells people to “remember” how He set them free from slavery, and brought them through the wilderness to the land that He promised them. He could’ve put on an amazing light show; he could’ve parted the sea (again)…
… He probably could even have played “Fix You” (just to get ’em all crying and to show how relevant He is).
But He didn’t. He just said, “Remember that I’ve done this thing for you and for my mission in the world. That tells you everything you need to know about me.
The point is to get people to remember their salvation, and to thank God for it, and to remind themselves what He is capable of, what His character is.
That’s a bit harder.