“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Air-Guitar: noun, informal: used to describe the actions of someone playing an imaginary guitar

At our church, the elementary Sunday School teachers get the month off in August which means that Christopher attends "Big People" church with us.

Last Sunday, as we were worshiping in song, Christopher decided to to play the air-guitar. Then he started spinning. We were sitting on the front row and were all the way to the left of the pulpit, so he had ample room... and a bit of an audience.

Now, mind you, we attend a charismatic church. Raising hands and swaying to the worship songs is quite common. But air-guitar and spinning? Not normally part of the service.

You know your instinct. That was mine. "Christopher, come over here. Don't play air-guitar and spin during worship. That's just... that's just..." and then I realized he was really worshiping the Lord.

...I will celebrate before the LORD.
I will become even more undignified than this...
2 Samuel 6:21-22 NIV

Worship was over (whew!) and we took our seats. Then the pastor began the sermon, "When Worship Breaks Containment" to our surprise. It was from 2 Samuel 6 where King David dances before the Ark of the Covenant in praise to his Lord. The pastor spoke about David's passion for the Lord sometimes exceeding his ability to contain it. And that when we lose preoccupation with self and become occupied with God... we just might dance.

...And when she saw King David leaping and dancing
before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:16 NIV

And then he went on to talk about David's wife, Michal. She tried to mange David's response to God. Calling it vulgar. Immediately after this conversation, it is noted in 2 Samuel 6:23 that Michal "had no children to the day of her death."

So, I did not follow my instinct. (As you can imagine with great relief after a sermon on David dancing before the Lord.) I watched in enjoyment as Christopher danced before the Lord... and wondered if King David perhaps in his dancing played a little air-harp... What? It could've happened...


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

True worship! I can just envision your son, and King David. What a delight it must be to our Father to see us in such a state of lavish praise. May God always be the focus of your son's worship...now and in the seasons to come.


StitchinByTheLake said...

Good for Christopher! And good for Mom for not stepping in. It's such a joy to see someone truly worshipping. blessings, marlene

BP said...

Your story made me smile. Perfect timing for that sermon on that day too!

Beloved MaMa said...

what?! i seem to be sitting in the wrong seat, because I missed this amazing display of worship. i'll be watching for you this week!!!

Anonymous said...

Good job Christopher. Oh I like the haircut.

Grace said...

Lovve it!!!! He can play air guitar with me any Sunday!


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