We bombed. The worship set was a dud. The congregation was lethargic. Each musician on the worship team seemed in a universe all their own. No rhythm. Wrong chords. I could not remember the lyrics. The wrong words were projected on the screens. It was awful.
In a daze, I crouched down to put my guitar away when there came a tap on my shoulder. I turned to see a guy with tears welling up in his eyes. “That was the best worship I have ever experienced. Man, God really worked through it. I feel so refreshed and blessed. Thank you.”
“What?!?” I thought. “Were we in the same room? Didn’t you hear all the bad music we delivered? Best worship? What?!?”
The usual phrase to describe this phenomenon is “God worked despite our efforts. Isn’t God good?” While that can certainly be true, and maybe often is, does that mean we should just stand up there, do a shoddy, unprepared job, and “trust God”? I had a feeling there was more to it than that simple formula.
Bob Branch shares his principle that explains how a typical congregation responds to a time of worship. You can read the whole thing here.
What do you think? Is Bob’s principle generally true or have you had a different experience?