Philip Yancey is an author, speaker, writer for Our Daily bread and world traveler. He has worshiped in every type  church imaginable, including those in leper colonies and poor African villages. Yancey said in a 2104 Daily Bread devotion, The most rousing church services I have attended took place in Chile and Peru, in the bowels of a federal prison. Among the lowly, the wretched, the downtrodden—the rejected of this world—God’s kingdom takes root. I have heard similar testimonies from Henry Brandt who attended a soul stirring service in Haiti where the floor of the worship center was made out of mud and pew were split rails.

I attended worship last night at the FOUNDRY and I spent the first 15 minutes weeping. God convicted me. We are too smug, too self-righteous, too religious and far too phony in our worship. Last night I could sing as loud as I wanted and no one could hear me because they were singing just as loud and from their heart. My first thought: “how can I get that kind of singing in DBC?” The answer is: “I can’t.” Most of the folks I was with last night are there by court order. Some have been there before but all have something in common: they have failed and they know it. They are all looking up because they are so far down. You might say rock bottom. 

I think this is what Yancey was talking about. We feel high, righteous and secure which leads us to look down in our worship. We can’t give our focus to Christ because we are trying to figure out who among us is the greatest and who is the least. The folks I worshiped with last night felt so low the only direction they could look was up.

No extra tonight: It is 11:30 and I am getting sleepy.

One thing: Hope looked good, participated in worship. We cried together and laughed together. I haven’t seen her laugh that much in a long time. I think it is a good sign.

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