What is Worship?

Rather than posting a song today, I thought I’d highlight a quote from an article I read on Relevant Magazine’s website:

“The modern worship movement, with its lights, big bands and swelling songs treads a fine line between leading people into God’s presence and leading them to a rock concert. What makes the difference is up to you. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the emotions felt during these times of worship are a response to God or a response to the music. But in that moment, you get to decide whether you are worshiping in your spirit or caught up in the show.”

– James Dwyer, Relevant Magazine (Emphasis mine)

View the full article here: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/when-worship-real

As a worship leader, this is my constant prayer. I aim to worship the Almighty God through singing and through my actions, prayers and my heart. I want to give my brothers and sisters an opportunity to obey Psalm 33:

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;

it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

2 Praise the Lord with the harp;

make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

3 Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully, and shout for joy.

4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;

he is faithful in all he does.

5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of his unfailing love.

I am passionate about music. That’s why I write this blog. But I need to be more passionate about Christ and advancing His kingdom. If we are waiting for the music itself to move us when we congregate on Sunday morning, we aren’t truly worshiping. We must choose to sing to Him; meditating on all His goodness and allowing thoughts of His holiness to sink into our very being until those truths overflow in joy. With every word, action, thought and feeling we choose whether we will worship our Lord in that moment, or simply give in to emotion.

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