We have lost it.
Or, at least, I haven’t seen much of it in a while in the church, myself included.
Myself at the top of the list.
I see more passion for movies, sports teams and the opposite sex than I do for Christ.
What’s interesting, is I know a lot of people who love the Lord. Who study His word, who wrestle with His principles. And yet, there does not seem to be a whole lot of
“David danced before the Lord with all his might … ‘I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.'” 2 Samuel 6:14, 22
I had a college professor once who told me he thought the word “passion” had been overused and overdone.
This man was one of the least emotionally passionate men I have ever met. He is close to the most intellectual being I have ever encountered. Intellect is fine; it’s good to challenge our intellect. We can even be passionate about intellectual things–even things of faith.
But not at the expense of Boundless enthusiasm. Intense expression of emotion. Fervor. Compelling feelings. Outburst. and Extravagant fondness.
It must be expressed through worship.
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Or have American Christians, in general, become so intellectual, so reserved, so un-demonstrative that we have neglected to do what David did–become undignified before the Lord. Have we forgotten passion? I desire
Boundless enthusiasm.Intense expression of emotion. Fervor. Compelling feelings. Outburst. Extravagant fondness.
David was passionate in his worship, passionate in his anger, passionate in grief, passionate in his pursuit of God.
Ps 119:20 “My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times…”
Ps 119:81 “My soul faints with longing for your salvation…”
Ps 119:136 “Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed…”
Ps 101:1 “I will sing of your love and justice…”
Ps 60:1 “You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us …now restore us!”
Ps 119:120 “My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws…”
Ps 84:2 “My soul yearns, and even faints, for the Lord…”