Worship is a tricky thing for us as Christians. It can usher us into the Presence of God or leave us empty and lonely. How many times have we walked out of a worship service feeling… nothing? If we walk out of a worship service no different from when we walked in, we missed something in the process.
Is it possible we walk away feeling empty because we really don’t listen to (or believe) the words we just sang?
How different would our worship look, if God held us accountable for the words we sing? It would definitely make us reconsider how we approached worship. How would it change us if the songs we sing were more than just words? What if we truly worshiped?
Three things to look for in worship next Sunday.
I. Worship Will Inspire Awe
The only possible response to true worship is an awe of the One we are worshiping.
I admit that I enjoy modern worship. I like the lights, the technology, talented musicians, and yes, even the fog machine. Simply put, I like the show. The trap is that we can get focused on the lights, camera, action and misplace our awe. The church has made it very easy for us to watch and not worship. We have so many great things to be in awe of, that we miss the One who deserves our awe!
When we worship we need to focus on the words we are singing. When we focus on the attributes of God, the song we are singing is about takes on new meaning. How is the message of this song true in your life? If it’s about His love, focus on the fact that He loves you! Do the same with His goodness, blessings and power.
When we do it right, worship will bring us closer to God and prepare us to hear from Him.
II. Worship Will Cause Brokenness
In the opening books of Isaiah, the prophet saw the Lord, “High and Lifted Up!” His response was not to walk away unchanged, but rather to fall before the Lord crying, “Woe is me! for I am undone.”
Because worship brings us into the presence of the One Who is “High and Lifted Up”, it exposes who and what we are, and Who God is.
When we stand singing in His Presence and realize all that He is, we come face to face with two things:
Awe will flourish when we understand these two basic truths.
III. Worship Will Result In Action
We have not worshiped if we have not been moved to action. True worship will always require a response in some area of our lives. If we sing”I will go!” in worship, then we must GO!
Worship gives the Holy Spirit an open invitation to speak into your life. What is He telling you to do as you worship? There should always be a response that leads us to greater obedience!
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
This week as you worship listen for what God asks you to do. It will be a great opportunity to serve Him!
What have you experienced that makes worship more meaningful to you? Share a comment with us to encourage others!