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Daily Living – Episode 23 – David Zunz

Daily Living – Episode 23 – David Zunz



Read Philippians 1:20

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (NIV)

I still remember my first worship experience in middle school like it was yesterday. Back then we had a much smaller youth group, so grades 6-12 were combined in one portable on the Bearss Ave campus. My exposure to Christian music was limited to hymns, choruses, and anything on the JOY FM, so I was not totally familiar with Contemporary Praise and Worship (the top P&W songs in ‘99 were “The Heart of Worship” and “You are My King” just to get an idea of what we were singing). The band was comprised of just a leader and his acoustic, which was thrilling because you could hear yourself sing and feel the crowd around you participate. As a little 6th grader among many unfamiliar faces, I was intimidated when it came time to join in worship. I chose to sit with my big brother and his friends, so I was surrounded by 9th graders (who looked very big at the time!). Prompted by the Holy Spirit, I raised my hands and sang at the top of my lungs. I felt an elbow as one of the 9th graders scolded me under the music in a very condescending tone, “What do you think you are doing?”

That was a crossroads for me; I could choose to go silent or continue to sing.

I told him, “I’m worshiping. Why aren’t you?”

We may not all be children and have this simple perspective, but we all have a choice to worship. Let us not give in to fear or intimidation, but choose to worship with abandon, regardless of who is watching.