If you’re like me, you might LOVE worship music. If you’re like me, you might LOVE what music does for the soul. If you’re like me, you might LOVE to experience God in new ways. Now, I’ll stop the ‘if you’re like me’s…’
What does worship mean?
worship — wərSHəp
noun: the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
Okay, but what does it mean TO worship?
verb: to show reverence and adoration for… (let’s put Jesus in right there…)
So, what does worship mean? Well, if we are going on the verb tense, it means to show something. To lift our voices. To pray to God. To lift our hands! To do something…
The book of Psalms is a book of worship. Songs written before we were here on earth. Worship existed back then with full adoration to the King of Kings. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”
Why does worshiping God through music seem so hard, when people have been doing it for so many years! God loves it when we worship Him. God loves it when we come to His feet in full surrender. God loves it when we lift up our hands in worship…in awe…in adoration. Is He not worthy of that? It’s an outward expression of an inward posture. Psalm 63:4 “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” What if you tried something new? Something uncomfortable? Something your neighbor might look at you weirdly for? Something the Lord asks of us and deserves?
I don’t recall the exact moment when I felt the freedom to worship that I feel now. But what I do remember and know is that there is such a difference from when I first started “worshiping” to where I am today. I used to be afraid of what people would think, when in reality the One who matters is the One who created me, who created worship, and who created music. I have a sort of freedom to come to God with every piece of dirt and sin and I’m able to let go and let God work.
“What if YOU let go and let God? What if you worshiped in full adoration of the One who loves you? Even the pieces that you don’t like to show… What if you came to worship today and tried being you in front of our King? What if you just… worshiped?