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Worship is Boring?

If we think "traditional" worship is boring, then look not first at those who around us in judgment, but to our own hearts, "For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things."

Calling worship boring is more a revelation and judgment of our inner spiritual drought than of those who are sincerely striving to glorify God regardless of outward show. To call it boring is to lay the blame on others for not making it exciting for "me," as if worship is all about me in the first place. "But you say, 'What a weariness this is,' and you snort at it…" (Malachi 1:13). This attitude may well cause us to bring to the Lord that which is lame and sick. "Shall I accept that from your hand?" Are we more concerned with what we accept as exciting than with what God actually accepts as worship?

If you want to effect change, then start with your own heart because the problem with "traditional" worship is not that "it" is boring. It's that the heart, deceitful as it can be (Jeremiah 17:9), fails to be content with simplicity. We feel we must keep bringing more to the table to make things more exciting. This focuses on outward show, and when we feel this to be the problem, we will always have to keep ramping up what we are doing. What was exciting yesterday is boring today. We must progress further to keep our excitement level up. The show must move on to bigger and greater things if it is going to keep my attention. And if it doesn't, then I feel justified judging others for carrying on such a boring service.

Such a focus is selfish and does not really deal with the issue of the heart. Instead of fixing our eyes on Jesus, we are fixing our eyes on carnal pleasure.

Boring? Speak for yourself. And if you do speak such, then listen to yourself because you've just identified that there is a heart problem to be reckoned with. I cannot fix "boring" for you. I can only know my own heart and trust the Lord.

"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." (Proverbs 4:23)