So many times we allow ourselves to fall into a routine with our Sunday gatherings. We're present during worship and attentive to the message, but we leave feeling let down. Maybe the band’s performance wasn't the best, maybe the songs were not your favorite, or maybe you're still feeling the effects of a long week. It's easy to say we've all been there, more than once.
In this, there are a few things we have to understand:
1. We have to understand the reason we stand and the reason we sing. Worship is our response to God, for His Grace, Mercy, and our Salvation. In our response we sing, we pray, we lift our hands, and surrender ourselves to him.
“The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.” - Billy Graham
2. On and off the stage we have to remove ourselves; it's not about you and me or getting our needs met. We let so many things distract us to the point that if our favorite band or people are on stage, if we're singing our favorite song and it's the perfect volume, then we are able to worship. If we focus on how we feel and whether the song moved us or not we have chosen to worship ourselves over God.
3. It begins with our heart and our attitude. If we come to church and rely on the "butterflies" we feel or the quality of music to determine our worship, we have failed. We don't prepare for worship with the attitude to receive something, but to give. No matter how great the music is or how well the stage is set, it will not dictate whether we will worship. That is determined in our hearts and minds. We have to view music simply as a tool that God allows us to use in our worship to Him.
4. Worship is a part of our identity. It's not just a Christian thing, but it's a people thing. What sets us apart as Christians is the trajectory of our worship as disciples of Jesus. Therefore, it's not just something that we do, but it's the essence of who we are as image bearers of Jesus. We rejoice in knowing that we have a Savior that loves us and walks with us. Our hearts desire will be to worship Him.
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe." (Hebrews 12:28 ESV)
Joshua Wicker, Worship and Creative Director