February 22, 2006

Toilet Paper for God

Worship leaders and specifically song writers understand something that I have often missed. They do something that I’ve just recently begun doing.
If you are a parent or when you are a parent, we all know that the most precious gift our children can give us are ones of their own creation. My dad loved the ‘Santa’s Workshop’ toolkits my sister and I got him every year, but it was my sister’s homemade airplane made from a toilet paper roll and colored in exorborant gaudy colors that he cherishes and can still be found to this day, front and center, on top of his dresser. We all know why this is his favorite gift, the one that touched his heart the most.
Worship songwriters pour their own hearts out in words and music and express their love and praise to their father. They sing a new song to the Lord and then they minister to us and share it with us.
It took me till last month to express myself in that way. (sidenote—there are other ways to build toilet paper airplanes for God other than singing or music)
I found myself laying on the floor singing a song to God. I am not a musician. My sister is not an artist, but to my dad she was. I don’t have excellent singing or musical skills, in fact, I didn’t even follow musical “rules.” (My sisters toilet paper airplane would have probably helped her fail art class.) But to my dad it was the most beautiful creation in the world.
My heart and soul were free and they were truly crying out and lifting their praise to God. I couldn’t sing that same song again if I tried, because it was sincere, it was honest, it was adoration, it was worship.


Doulos said...

Josh, there are no better songs than those that we sing to God from our heart, whether we remember them or not. I've done it a few times, and I tried to remember the words and notes, but I'm not excellent at music and so I forgot them too.

Hearing you talk about that makes my heart want to leap out of my chest and go be with God right now. I want to be in His presence. I want to be surrounded by Him nonstop. I want to go to Heaven right now so that I can be fully restored to my relationship with Him. God, come soon!!!!!

swITCHFUTgUY said...

excellent words josh

Nata said...

Missing you today. And praying. :)

Steph said...

The other day I was thinking how much would be missing in life if music were non-existant. It's such a huge part of our worship experience.

Lor said...

Josh, it's awesome to read of your growing love walk with Jesus. you've reminded us of the simplicty in coming to God. I think many times we try to present ourselves to God in a certain poised way. But He really wants our childlike faith and simple offerings of love. you've encouraged me concerning the book God is telling me to write: don't try to be profound; He is blessed by simple toilet paper works ;) thanks.
ps - have you read The Practice of the Presence of God (brother lawrence)? I think it's a book you would enjoy.

jen said...

Your blog is always so encouraging, Josh. Thank you.

Warrior said...

yeah i did read that book Laura, and you are right. I did very much enjoy it. I'm excited to read this book you are working on!

Kris Gowdy said...

Excellent, Joshua!! Great truths and thanks for the reminder that worship is SO much more than music.