When the music fades all is stripped away and I simply come…
– Matt Redman
Nang likhain ng Diyos ang tao ibinahagi niya sa tao ang kanyang buhay (divine life). Pagkatapos, inilagay niya ang tao sa halamanan ng Eden “to work it and keep it”. (Genesis 2:7,15)
Maraming nag-aakala na ang pagta-trabaho ay sumpa ng Diyos sa tao dahil sa pagkakasala, na ginawa ang tao para magpasarap lang sa presensya ng Diyos. Pero ang totoo, nang likhain ng Diyos ang tao binigyan na siya ng Diyos ng gawain. At yun ay ang pangalagaan ang hardin.
Ano nga ba ang worship? Makikita natin na sa simula, ang plano ng Diyos ay makibahagi tayo sa kanyang buhay (divine life), pangalagaan ang hardin (to work it and keep it) at magharing kasama niya (have domininon, Gen. 1:28).
Ibig sabihin, worship is sharing in the divine life, working for God and reigning with him.
Pero hindi lang “working for God” ang worship. Worship is also having a rest in his presence.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11 ESV)
Sa Lumang Tipan, anim na araw nagta-trabaho, sa ikapitong araw pahinga. Sa Bagong Tipan, nagsisimula tayo sa pagpapahinga sa presensya ng Diyos pagkatapos anim na tayong magta-trabaho…para sa Diyos.
Ibig sabihin, ang worship ay rest and work; we rest in the presence of the Lord and we work for the glory of the Lord. Technically, worship is whatever you do…except sin.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
Sa Biblia, ilan sa mga kwento ng pagsamba na paboritong paborito ko ay ang mga sumusunod:
- Encounter with God (Isaiah 6:1-8)
- Swimming in the Presence of God (Ezekiel 47:1-12)
- Obedience and Sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-19)
- Worship and Warfare (2 Chronicles 20)
- Costly Worship (2 Samuel 23:15-17)
Encounter with God (Isaiah 6:1-8)
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (ESV)
What is worship? Sa case ni Isaiah, it is an encounter with the Lord. And when we encounter His Holiness we realize our own sinfulness. Questionable ang worship if ang worshiper e hindi marunong mag-acknowledge ng sarili niyang kasalanan. Minsan, ang comparison natin ay ibang tao. Halimbawa, sinasabi natin, “makasalanan rin naman ako, pero di naman ako tulad ni…yun, sobrang sama naman na nun”. In that way, feeling natin, kalugod-lugod tayo sa Diyos kasi hindi tayo kasing sama ng iba. But the highest standard of holiness is God himself. So if you really encouter God’s holiness, maha-highlight ang pagiging makasalanan mo. The only proper response is acknowledgement of one’s own sinfulness. That is worship.
Makikita rin natin sa experience ni Isaiah na if you acknowledge and confess your sinfulness to God, he will forgive and cleanse you. After forgiving and cleansing you, there is an invitation to “go” for God. Ibig sabihin, nakapahinga ka na sa presence ni Lord, it’s time to work for him naman. Rest and work.
Ang tanong na lang eh, how would you respond?
(Sa Misa nagsisimula tayo sa pag-amin ng ating mga kasalanan, “I confess to all mighty God and to you my bothers and sisters that I have sinned“. At pag tapos na ang Misa, sinasabi ng pari “The Mass has been offered, go in peace to love and serve the Lord“.)
Swimming in the Presence of God (Ezekiel 47:1-12)
Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through. (NLT)
Sa isang pangitain, dinala si Ezekiel ng isang tao sa Templo. Nakita niya na magmula sa Templo ay may lumalabas na tubig na naging isang ilog. Sa tabi ng ilog, maraming tumubong puno. Epekto ng tubig. At yung tubig ay umagos papuntang Dagat na Patay at “binuhay” ito.
Si Ezekiel naman ay isinama ng tao papunta sa ilog sa magkakaibang antas ng lalim. May ankle-deep, may knee-deep, may waist-deep, at bandang huli, kinailangan niya nang lumangoy dahil sa lalim.
Ang tubig na ito ay sumisimbolo sa life-giving presence ng Diyos. Ang tanong, nasaang level ang ating pagsamba sa Diyos? Ankle-deep? Knee-deep? Waist-deep? O lumalangoy na tayo sa presensya ng Diyos?
Gaano na ba kalalim ang ating pananampalataya? Kapag nagsisimba ba tayo, masabi lang na nakapagsimba ok na, o buong pusong inaalay natin ang ating mga sarili sa pagsamba?
What is worship? Worship is swimming in the presence of God.
Obedience and Sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-19)
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” (NLT)
After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!” At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. (NLT)
David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men Hebrew Shall I drink the blood of these men? who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. (NLT)
2 Samuel 24:24 – I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.
Romans 12:1 (NASB) – Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
…Christ is the new Passover lamb of the Last Supper and of Calvary. He is in his very being the one perfect sacrifice of love. Moreover, Christ, the victim, has passed from death to life. Therefore, he is the living sacrifice, really present in the Eucharist, eternally, pleasing to the Father. – (Catechism for Filipino Catholics, 1694)
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear