Worship With No Shame

Liberty Baptist Church- Kings Fest 2011

7/12/11

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Insecurity; this is what the devil uses to hinder your
worship. It was a rainy Friday evening at The Kings Wood amphitheater.  I sat in a wet chair as the Band “Newsboys” played their song Shine. What a perfect song for the occasion.
Up until this point ‘Kings Fest Christian Music festival’ was pretty ordinary.
I got to listen to good music and hang out with my Youth Group. I wanted to break out and worship, but my comfort zone was much more….well…. comfortable. Little
did I know: the spiritual shell that I had been worshipping in for years was
about to be destroyed for good.

 

I sat and watched as band after band played. Occasionally I would
stand up and clap. I always had this strange tendency to limit my worship. There
was always a desire to look normal while praising. When the Newsboys took the
stage I was prepared to do much of the same. The moment the drummer began to
countdown I felt the atmosphere of the entire amphitheater change. I felt the
whole aurora of my worship being pushed to another level. I was no longer in
control. The Holy Spirit had completely taken over. The Newsboys were not even
the closing act. The lord had taken an entire set list to prepare me for what
was next. I thought: there is no way that Chris Tomlin can match the energy
that the Newsboys just brought. There is no way that the Holy Spirit can seize
control over anymore of my body. I was wrong.

 

As the rain poured
down, Mr. Tomlin performed his hit songs “The Wonderful Cross”, “Amazing Grace
(My Chains Are Gone)”, and “Holy is the Lord God Almighty”.  I have never communicated with GOD on such a pure level. It was like every
raindrop was a challenge from GOD to free a little more of my soul. I realized that
my worship limitations were nothing more than insecurities. I was scared that
the way I worshipped would look stupid. Maybe I did look stupid for jumping up
and down to slow worship songs. Maybe screaming every song at the top of my lungs
was a little extreme. On July, 8th, 2011 God officially told me not
to care what people think about my worship. On that day I was set free.

 

“My
chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace”

-Chris Tomlin

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