He wasn’t worried about singing on pitch. He wasn’t aware of the people beside him, or of his volume, or if his hands should be up or down. He wasn’t trying to impress.
He was completely into who God was at that moment. He was raw, and real.
In Hebrew the word for worship is Shachah, and it means to bow ones self down, to prostrate ones self out of honor for another.
Those who used this form of worship in Bible times would bow down and touch their foreheads to the ground in humility. It was a symbol of yielding ones self to the person or thing being worshipped.
It was all about the worshipped, not the worshipper.
Unfortunately, “worship” can become a gauge to younger Christians proving ones Godliness. People get self-conscious about it, and think there is a “right” or “wrong” way to do it.
Here are three common lies about worship. Let’s get the focus off ourselves, and back onto the Creator, who is the object of our worship in the first place.
1. Worship is only the music.
There are worship bands, worship playlists, and Worship Pastors. I actually like all of these things, but they can cause a problem.
To limit our understanding of worship to the confines of musical expression is short-sighted.
Worship should span throughout our Christian lives. When you read and meditate on scripture, or pray, or tithe, you are worshipping God. When you serve others in the name of Christ you are worshipping God.
Why? Because bowing in reverence doesn’t have to have a tune behind it.
Music is a part of worship. But if you only give praise to God through song, you are missing out on a deeper relationship with your Creator.
2. Worship is a feeling.
How many people have left a church because they “just don’t feel God in the worship”.
The last time I checked worship was about God and not us.
I get the fact that you…
might be called to another church,
or that you don’t agree with them theologically,
or that you don’t like the music because it is too slow,
or too loud,
or too old.
But to say you don’t feel God in worship is your issue. Quit blaming the church.
Sometimes you’re not going to have a peaceful easy feeling in worship. Jesus was worshipping in the garden when he asked God to “take this cup from me”. Paul worshipped in jail, and Stephen worshipped as he was being stoned.
None of them were singing by the way.
Worship can bring an amazing feeling, but don’t confuse that feeling with closeness to God.
Sometimes, when you are crying out to God because your heart is breaking,
or in repentance of sin,
or when you are confused,
you are laying your life before God.
THAT is worship.
Many times there is a feeling in worship. And who doesn’t love that?! But when you don’t emotionally connect with God, don’t think you’re worship isn’t getting through to Him.
3. Worship is between God and me, so one else should matter.
Nope, not even close.
John 4:24 says, God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
Worship is having a heart of surrender to God in every area of your life.
How are your relationships with others? Are you holding onto a sin that involves your behavior with others and it is keeping you from true, pure, lay-it-all-out-there-worship?
Are you a gossip?
Do you have a jealous heart?
Are you holding on so tight to the spirit of resentment that you can’t see past your own soul?
We are told to worship in spirit and in truth. You can’t worship in truth if you are living in the lie of habitual sin. Don’t get me wrong, we all sin. A LOT.
But habitual sins are the things you do you that you know are wrong, yet you like the sin better than God so you choose to keep it in your life. When you realize a part of loving God is loving others, your point of view changes
To worship on a deeper, more intimate level, you have to realize what you do with your fellow man matters. How you treat people, see people, and talk to or about people matters. It matters to God, and it matters when you worship.