Reclaimed, Renewed, Repurposed1
Reclaimed and Remade For Worship
The Beauty of God
Psalm 27:4 reads, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.”
God is beautiful. He is the source and definition of beauty. All that is truly beautiful, therefore, is a reflection of His nature and character. In fact, Creation is a theatre of beauty designed to lift our eyes and hearts to the one true God of beauty in worship.
So also Psalm 96:6 reads, “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.” Both the Tabernacle and the Temple were beautiful structures created to incite worship. Beauty points to God.
It is also true therefore, as people made in God’s image, that our ability to create that which is beautiful, is a reflection of God. So we have made the space in which we gather for corporate worship more beautiful to remind us of the beauty of our God and to incite us to worship Him as His people.
The Work of Christ
Second, Christ came to the world to create worshippers. We are all idol worshippers by nature. Christ came, lived, died and rose again, to reclaim and repurpose us to worship the true and living God. Christian worship therefore, is made possible by and centered upon, Jesus Christ. So the redesign of our corporate gathering space places the focus upon the Cross of Christ to remind us of these great truths.
The People of God
Finally, the Cross is flanked on either side by two walls made of old wood, weathered and worn through enduring many years of life in a fallen world. But this wood has been reclaimed and beautifully remade for a new purpose. So also, we have been marred, broken and beaten by the Fall. But in Christ, through his Cross, we are reclaimed and remade into a new people, purposed with the worship of God forever. Notice also that if we had simply nailed one reclaimed board to the wall it would seem out of place and lacking in beauty and distinction. However, when all the boards are placed together, they create something new and beautiful.
So may these three ideas, the ravishing beauty of God, the renovating work of Christ, and the renewed people of God, focus our worship and empower our praise every time we enter this place.