Reading True Worshipers
Recently I had the privilege to read and discuss Bob Kauflin’s book True Worshipers, with a group of men from our church. Each of us benefitted from the book and were excited to apply it to our lives. Here’s an encouraging glimpse into how it impacted Beau McKenzie.
What happens when we don’t want to sing? When my affections are low for the great truths of God during the corporate worship service, Bob reminded me there is hope: “When we sing biblically sound, gospel-informed lyrics, our affections for God can be deepened. We won’t always be moved in the same way or to the same degree. There may be times when we feel numb. But the answer isn’t to stop singing. Crying out to God for grace to feel strong affections toward Him is itself a sign of a true worship.” I found this helpful because I know this sad state for myself. I may just wait until the preaching starts so that I can have my affections stirred for Christ. But Bob calls us to engage in singing what we know to be true even when we might not feel like it. Next, he discusses what happens if we feel like hypocrites when we sing. I’ve felt unworthy to stand and sing with God’s people for whatever reason. Maybe I haven’t been treating my wife like I should or something to that effect. Bob tells a story about he and his son having a conflict before church one morning. He writes, “I rightly felt bad about my sin against my son, but I wasn’t moving on from there to receive God’s forgiveness through Christ’s finished work on the cross. When we are convicted of our sin and respond by confessing it to God and resting in what Christ has done, we have every reason to sing! That’s not being a hypocrite, that’s living in the good news of the gospel.” So, I’ll always be reminded that I have to move past my sin to the reality of the objective gospel truths.
If you haven’t had a chance to read True Worshipers, consider adding it to your library. You won’t be disappointed!