Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1 Chronicles 16: Worship for Evangelism

1 Chron 16:23-25 "Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods." 


David appointed the tribe of Asaph to exalt God before the nations. Here we have an OT example of worship evangelism: "Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all the peoples." The call of this psalm is to declare God's glory "among the nations...among all peoples". Clearly, worship is not a ministry to be confined within the walls of the church for believers alone, but worship is to be God's channel to declare his glory "among the nations". Later on in verse 26, the "nations" were identified as idol-worshiping peoples: "For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heaven." So, in declaring God's glory, we proclaim His salvation before the nations: we tell them through the music & songs who the Lord of heaven is! 


This is what worship evangelism is all about. Too much of worship is for edification of the convinced and churched insiders alone. I believe i61 ministry fulfills a need and a niche to worship for evangelism before the unconvinced and unchurched outsiders. Worship for edification is for believers. Worship for evangelism is for pre-believers. Evangelism is not just preaching but also declaration. When we declare God's holiness, salvation and victory over sin and Satan, His presence and power is released to drive out all unclean spirits that hold people in bondage to sins. Such is the power of worship because it attracts the glory of God to fill the place and allow Jesus to minister directly to the people who are gathered in that place.


Father, we thank You that You have given us the privilege of carrying the Ark of worship into places where pre-believers are gathered to declare Your glory among them. Amen.