That awkward church moment that leads to glorious observation…

TBF WorshipAs worship was being led from the stage at the church I have made my home, the lights cut through the darkness almost as clean as the riff of the guitar! The drums thundered as the bass, rhythm guitar and keyboard seamlessly melded into a symphony of musical rapture!

Focused on praise, I was in a place of total nirvana, oblivious to the external world. No pain. No worry. My head into the lyrics on the screens above, the words pierced through my lips as I belted out the beautiful song (to the best of my admittedly limited ability) with 500 others in close quarters.

Then, “it” happened. I got distracted. I lost my nirvana, hallelujah moment.  I heard that thumbs downone, loud voice from somewhere behind me that was not just off key, it should have been locked up. Situations like this can be a little awkward. It’s like the guy who overuses “Amen!” after something the pastor says, mostly at inopportune times where it is quiet and not warranted.

While my attention was drawn away from worship for a second, I had a thought that hit me like a rogue lawn dart:

The most beautiful sound to God’s ears
is not the sound we make with our voice,
but the joy that comes from our heart.

This errant, indifference to musical pitch made me chuckle to myself.

Should this not be how we approach everything in our life? Should we not come alive like a tone deaf guy who worships with all his heart, not afraid to show it and share it?

There are no prequalifiers to being a follower of Christ that says you have to sing like a choir of angels. But Jesus did say in Matthew 22:37 that the most important commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. If you are doing this, who cares what you sound like, look like, or what others will think? Being a Christ follower requires being bold. While I don’t know who the mystery melody-mangler was, I do know this: he was making beautiful music! While questionable to me at first, there was no question with God. What a beautiful sound of love when pure from the heart.

Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
    – Psalm 95:1-2

Trey Campbell: treycampbell@southwestern.com

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