Worship As Identity Formation

When you sing your praise, lament, and gratitude, you are not only—nor even principally—expressing your feelings or aspirations or beliefs. No, you are reconfiguring yourself as one who praises, one who laments, and one who is grateful, and at the same time making more intimate (more full of kisses and embraces and caresses and delight) your relation to the Lord to whom you sing. Even a theological commentary on the Song must resing it, even if against the will of its commentator; all the more for a true resinging on the part of a devoted reader. – Paul Griffiths, Song of Songs (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible), Kindle Loc. 1348.

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2 thoughts on “Worship As Identity Formation”

  1. C.S. Lewis would be horrified at this! When you worship, you’re doing this, you’re doing that, you’re expressing this, you’re configuring this about yourself … anything myopic about this characterization? Not just the omission of the One being engaged, in favor of talking about my devotedness quantity … but doing the very things that are specifically distract us from Him. It’s like looking at a mirror instead of the person we’re supposed to be looking at.

    Of course, I say C.S. Lewis because of his famous statements about prayer versus thinking about yourself.as a distraction.

    1. I guess it’s good Lewis didn’t live to read this then, right?

      To be fair, this isn’t a complete description of worship and I don’t think anything it says is mutually exclusive to what your emphasizing. If you are completely God focused in your worship, the act of worship over time does reconfigure your identity as a worshiper.

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