Part of our cable package in Monroe is a great channel playing all live music. Music was a GIGANTIC part of my formative years. I really enjoy catching about 30min or so of this channel at night. You never know who is going to be on. Between concerts tonight, I caught this clip of Iron Maiden performing their classic “Run to the Hills” in Colombia.

At the least you can say I was transfixed. It wasn’t the fact that they pulled it off perfect (Bruce Dickinson still has pipes), but the crowd amazed me. Oddly, we can learn about worship from this video.

3 Worship Lessons Iron Maiden Teaches Us.

1. Worship should be filled with awe.
I imagine any headbanger worth his Advil would be pretty excited to see Iron Maiden. You can pretty much trace most of heavy metal to these guys and a few others. You are in the presence of someone truly great. If you are into sports, imagine what it is like when you happen to be in the same stadium with your hero.

Worship should be an event filled with awe. It is a meeting of the one true God. Inside it, the things of heaven are lifted up and the church is caught in a dramatic interchange with their Father, the creator and redeemer of this world. Someone big is in the room.

2. Worship should be filled with anticipation.
The beginning of this video is amazing. The crowd  chomps at its bits. The military is going through some serious checkpoints because they know what these people are capable of! The anticipation can cause an otherworldly experience, breaking any sense of ration or what might be safely appropriate.

In worship, the church rehearses the eternal actions of heaven. We anticipate what is promised. When the church acts like the church, it’s capable of anything…things that might be considered dangerous to those who want to maintain a comfortable status quo away from the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Worship should be a shared activity.
The best part of this video is when the band gets to the first chorus. Songs like this are best sung with huge crowds, and you can tell these folks are enjoying participating. They now have a sense of a shared activity…they are part of something together, in participation that makes their anticipation worthwhile. They are part of the event that seems infinitely powerful to them at the moment.

Worship is not an isolated event. It transforms a group of people on a journey with Jesus into a powerful mass. No matter what idea of “lifestyle of worship” might make sense to us now, the people of God gathered together are a powerful bunch! Shared voice declares light defeating darkness and a Messiah who defeats death. It tells salvations story in the narration of those experiencing it.

hmm…Run To The Hills as an alternative translation of Psalm 121?