Coming on November 3 via Bethany House is the release of Darlene Zschech's brand new book Worship Changes Everything. No one is more appropriate to talk about worship than Zschech. Writer of songs such as "Shout to the Lord," "I Will Run to You," "Worthy is the Lamb," Zschech has fronted most of Hillsong Worship albums as the lead singer and their worship pastor. In this new book, Zschech explores what reverence for God looks like at work, in your family, and with your friends---and explains why it should saturate every fiber of your being.
Here's what Chris Tomlin has to say: "The whole word has been touched and affected by the songs of Darlene Zschech. In Worship Changes Everything, she speaks with such wisdom, heart, and authority on the power of worship in every moment of our lives. We often say that worship is more than singing, and Darlene, once again, amplifies that worship is life! I am more than excited and happy to recommend to all this wonderful book."
Here's an except of the book:
I HAVE FLOWN A LOT OF MILES in the past twenty years, so not surprisingly, I take many things about the experience for granted. For example, when the flight attendants give safety instructions, I find myself switching off-I've heard them many times before and might be able to get on the intercom and recite them myself from memory.
One particular flight was one of those long international routes that you have to prepare for. Even though I quite enjoy them, many hours in a plane can wear you down. A book to read? Check. A second book to read? Check. A movie to watch? Check. I was ready. There was a family with a little guy of about four years old sitting behind me. I opened my book so the time would pass more swiftly.
But as we thundered down the runway, lifted off, and started climbing, the little boy got very excited and said loudly, "Wow, Daddy! I can see the whole world from up here!" That brought a smile to my lips. I wasn't the only one who put down what I was doing to take another look out the window. His exhilaration and enthusiasm over what was a new experience for him were contagious. In fact, I stopped what I was doing to take another look.
My family and I now live on the stunning Central Coast of Australia. It is a place of both nuanced and stark beauty. I will look out at the ocean from a rocky outcropping and ooh and aah at the beauty of the waves and shore. I will occasionally get a funny look from someone who has spent their whole life in this area. They'll smile and thank me for reminding them to see the awesome beauty of what has become commonplace to them. I'm like the little boy on the airplane, getting excited and saying for all to hear,
"Take another look!" Is it possible we have become so comfortably blessed and familiar with the grandeur of God, with the holiness of His presence, with the consistency of His goodness in our lives, that we take Him for granted? Is it time we put down what we are doing to take another look? When is the last time you looked at God and marveled at His beauty and kindness and power and goodness and said "Wow!"?