Are you offended by extravagant worship?

Exhuberant Worship

I want to say this as kindly… but directly, as possible. My years of experience in the Lord’s work as taught me that some of those who protest and criticize most loudly about sincere, exuberant, and even extravagant worship are often those whose hearts are not right toward God (and some even seek to cover hidden sins with their loud protestations)! Enough said…

Here is just one passage that illustrates my point…

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.’” (from John 12:1–8 ESV)

Several years ago, when I was involved in pastoral ministry, I preached a message I entitled “Are You Offended by Extravagant Worship?” based upon this passage. After having preached the message, a wonderful Christian lady gave me a gift to remember that message by that I will always treasure… an “alabaster bottle of sweet perfume.” Listen… I am never in the camp of those who would use worship as a way of self-promotion or attention getting personal display… On the other hand, I NEVER want to be among those who are critical of authentic, sincerity worship! In fact, I want passages like Psalm 150 to guide the worship I embrace (you might want to read it)!

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