Shunning Sameness

If worship is always entirely exuberant or always entirely solemn, we send the message to God’s people that only certain emotions are religiously acceptable.  But God invites us to bring our whole selves to worship—surely the chaotic emotions expressed in the book of Psalms amply demonstrate this.  In the presence of God, as God’s people, we can feel sadness, joy, contrition, thankfulness, peace, grief, agitation, anger, reverence, assurance, determination, and every nuance of human experience.  Using vivid language avoids a kind of bland sameness that associates being in worship only with a detached pose of religiosity. 

—Debra and Ron Rienstra, Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry, 34

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