Worship “Concerts”

This morning I was watching a video of a Hillsong concert. Worship concerts are one of those things that I have always wondered if the experience was authentic or just some high energy emotional deal, that the crowd was manipulated into. Well recently I was reading on the importance of the Temple in the Israelite faith in the Old Testament. Allen P. Ross in Recalling the Hope of Glory emphasizes that to the faithful Israelite the Temple was where they wanted to be. They would go there as often as they could. Not just once a week for an hour and a half service, not on the sabbath and then on a mid-day service time. They might go there everyday, more than once a day. Why? Because that is where the presence of God was. Now here is where the connection between the modern worship concert and the temple occur (for me at least). If someone was to pray, they could do it in their fields while harvesting grain or tending the sheep, but someone who really was faithful to God and love them with all their heart, strength and all their soul, would go to temple. “They could pray at any time and in any place, but they preferred to go to the sanctuary [temple] to pray, for in that holy place their prayers were both inspired and confirmed as they hear the prayers and thanksgivings of others in God’s presence” (Ross 2006, page 277.)(emphasis mine). The temple was a place where the faith community met. Here is how this correlates to today. When we gather in a place, we carry the sanctuary, or temple of God with us. So as we gather to pray or praise God we make a place holy. In those moments, just as in the Temple of Old, our worship is more inspired, not because we are there, but because God is pleased with the faithful and makes His presence more felt.

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One thought on “Worship “Concerts”

  1. Karina says:

    “In those moments, just as in the Temple of Old, our worship is more inspired, not because we are there, but because God is pleased with the faithful and makes His presence more felt.”

    I just got chills reading that last bit because I feel the truth in it. Not just know it. That moment when you walk into church and praise and worship starts. In the first 5-10 min you still carry the woes of the world with you and then all of a sudden, a song – a verse – or even a tune lifts all that away and you become totally present in the presence of God :-)… That is my favourite place in the whole world.
    Bliss ❤ God is Good

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