Lent Day 38 Reflection
Extravagant worship. What does that even mean? Extravagance, to me, sometimes brings a negative connotation with it — as in “extravagant living” or “extravagant taste” or an “extravagant personality.” Anyone who lives or acts extravagantly brings negative attention to themselves wouldn’t you say?
So when I hear a phrase like that, like “extravagant worship,” some part of me wants to stay away from anything having to do with it. Why? Because I don’t want to bring extra attention to myself, I don’t want to be embarrassed, I’m thinking, “what will other people think of me!?”
A great example of extravagant worship in the bible is the story of a woman washing Jesus’ feet in Luke 7.
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, so Jesus went into the Pharisee’s house and sat at the table. 37 A sinful woman in the town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume 38 and stood behind Jesus at his feet, crying. She began to wash his feet with her tears, and she dried them with her hair, kissing them many times and rubbing them with the perfume. 39 When the Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this, he thought to himself, “If Jesus were a prophet, he would know that the woman touching him is a sinner!”
This woman, who the Pharisees kindly pointed out to be a sinner, was worshipping Jesus. Extravagantly. She cried tears to wash His feet, she dried His feet with her own hair, she KISSED his feet and rubbed perfume all over them too. It was one thing to have washed them, but all that other extra stuff she did for Jesus? EXTRAVAGANT? Wouldn’t you say? Over the top? Some might even say unnecessary. That’s what extravagance is right? What a lesson we can take from this woman.
Is my worship extravagant? Is it over the top? Do I worship with abandon? As a worship leader I’m so convicted of this in terms of leading music Sunday mornings, but also, worship is not confined to music. Worship is this woman washing her Savior’s feet, it’s the good Samaritan stopping to help the hurting man on the road, it’s Noah’s obedience, it’s Daniel’s faith, it’s Paul’s passion. Worship is so many things. But EXTRAVAGANT worship is what I want to participate in. Not the kind of easy, habitual worship we tend to engage in, but the inspiring, elaborate, passionate kind.
I echo the sentiments Darlene Zschech says in her book “Extravagant Worship:”
“…I long to be known as an extravagant worshiper…that God would discover the song in my heart to be elaborate, overgenerous, and wasteful in my pursuit of Him.”