Why the Woah Woah’s?

This has got to be my favorite song. Seriously, when I’m struggling to understand God or when I have my eyes too focused on myself and my circumstances, this song brings me back to the purpose of life, to a true heart of worship.

We do this song at Hope at times, and one of the most frequent questions I get about it is: Why the Woah Woah’s? (My daughter actually refers to this song as the “Woah Woah Song,” and she loves it. She requests it on occasion when we’re driving in the car).

I think the lyrics of the song do a good job of explaining this:

With everything, with everything
We will shout for Your glory
With everything, with everything
We will shout forth Your praise

Our hearts, they cry,
“Be glorified.
Be lifted high above all”
For You, our King,
With everything
We will shout forth Your praise

Language, in general, is not adequate, at times, in explaining or allowing one to comprehend the true essence of our Savior God. So what is the natural tendency when language fails us? We shout! We cast off all restraint, and we let our hearts do the talking. This is evident at concerts, sporting events, etc.

But aren’t we supposed to be dignified, composed, and reverent in the presence of God? Absolutely, there are times when God causes our hearts to simply hush, wait, and listen. Then, there are other times where we are called to shout forth His praise.

2 Samuel 6 talks about when the Ark of God, which contained God’s presence, was brought to Jerusalem. All of Jerusalem was rejoicing. Verse 5 of this passage states:

David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums, and cymbals. (NIV)

They were seriously getting their party on before God.

Later in this chapter, we read that Michal, David’s wife and the daughter of Saul, is embarrassed by how David danced before the LORD. David responds by saying:

I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes… (verse 22, NIV)

It would be easy to write me off here, and think to yourself that I’m just some crazy Pentecostal with an agenda to somehow diminish someone’s worship unless it’s incredibly demonstrative and emotional. That is simply not true. While it is correct to note that I grew up in a Pentecostal church, I have felt the sting left by hyper-emotional worship services where the Pastor never even had an opportunity to speak. Honestly, I’ve been through a season where I was completely closed off to what seemed like hyper-emotionalism in worship.

But then there came an understanding of grace, and while I still don’t fully understand it (and probably never will), I cannot shake the shout that wells up inside when I think about how amazing His love, how powerful His voice, how holy His Name. Words fail to describe.

So when we get to the Woah Woah’s of this song, what we’re saying is that we will shout forth His praise in a way that language itself can’t fully describe…that our hearts will declare the glory of His Name, the kindness of His character which leads us to repentance, the holiness that is the very nature of God.

When I was driving to work this morning, I was listening/rehearsing this song, and rather suddenly, I found myself praying for the Church, not just mine, that this Sunday, when we gather together to worship the Savior of the world, that we would cast off the restraints that have kept us from worshiping whole-heartedly…that our hearts and our eyes would come to see and understand the glory of God in a greater way…and that we would push beyond the normal limits we’ve set for ourselves in worship. This isn’t a call to take part in some type of hyper-emotional nonsense, but it’s a call to go a step further in understanding Who He is.

You don’t have to raise your hands or act nuts to worship. As a matter of fact, nothing may appear to be happening on the outside when you worship. But something should be happening on the inside, because God is in the business of changing and molding our hearts. This happens a lot when we worship, and that’s my prayer for you this week.

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