Have you ever sat in a church service and wondered if what you heard and saw was really what God was calling 'worship'?
There is a certain self-awareness for each of us on these occasions, especially when you visit a new church. Have I ever heard this song? Did the minister of music write it and that's why I've never heard it? What's the melody? What are the words? Why isn't there actual sheet music so strangers can sing, too?
For a singer, it's really hard because we want to feel proficient and not to stand out. Blending in and being accepted are important after all.
As I came to understand part of God's heart on this, I found that the song melody meant so much less than the songs words. That without the words, the music meant nothing. In First Corinthians 13, we are told that a loveless life is like clanging brass and a tinkling cymbal. A song that is only melody and has words that are not understandable is the same way. A loveless song.
To the woman at the well, Jesus explained that one day her people would not worship on the mountains, just as the Jewish people wouldn't worship in Jerusalem. Those that worshipped God would worship Him in spirit and in truth.
As the Lord began working in my heart, I understood some of what Jesus meant. God is a Spirit, and the Holy Spirit He gave to us as an instructor and guide will guide us in worship to the Father and Son. Jesus said that the Spirit will point us to Himself.
Worship that begins and ends with us isn't true worship. If the Holy Spirit doesn't guide us to true worship, no worship will happen. It will be all about us, not about Him.
Jim and I have had the priviledge of working with a pastor every Sunday supplying services for an independent living center. During the three years we've been there, we have seen time after time God's Holy Spirit separately working on our hearts and the pastor's heart to bring a cogent and spirit lead service.
May we always see God at work in His services. Worship is a priviledge, not a burden. Sing songs of joy unto the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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