Spontaneous worship in the street

January 6, 2010

One of the things I miss about leading worship are the occasional magic moments when something spontaneous happens. It’s like a door opens up that simultaneously reminds you that you’re not in charge, and that there is a continuous but invisible flow of worship to God that makes our structured efforts look puny. And you have the opportunity, for a time, to step into that larger flow.

Here’s a video of an artist named Carlos Whittaker who got that opportunity. All he planned to do was record a promotional video of his new song. It wasn’t even a “worship event.” Here’s what happened instead:

Carlos shares some more on his blog that is hard to pick up from the video:

If you listen carefully at the end you hear me saying this to Danny. “Keep trying to make it man.”

He looked me square in the eye… cocked his head sideways with a confused look on his face… and said, “Trying to make it? No man. I ain’t trying to make it… I’m making it. Jah puts his soldiers everywhere. Jah says, Yea though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death… So he places some of us, in that valley.”

(h/t Chad Estes)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

10 responses to Spontaneous worship in the street

  1. Wow. Just wow. I pray that some day I would have the freedom to flow in the Spirit like that. What an incredible experience. God is beyond amazing.

  2. That was fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this Jon!

  3. I just StumbledUpon this and was truly blessed instantly in my living room. I could feel the presence of the Lord, this video is amazing. How wonderful when we all get to Heaven and raise our voices together to worship God.

  4. Melissa, I love it when the Spirit touches us unexpectedly. I’m glad you appreciated this!

  5. my prayers for all gods children

  6. Thank you for posting this GOD is so Good. Our small acts of peace and joy are nothing compared to the river that God have for us. This touched my heart…

  7. deane, let us pray…

  8. Noah, I love the imagery you used. I’m glad this blessed you.

  9. I stumbled upon this and man, it just totally blessed me. This is so amazing and I just want to thank you for sharing it. I’ve already posted this link on Facebook and shared it on Twitter. Spread the word, God bless you.

  10. Church, thanks for passing it along!