When I Think of Worship

What is worship to me? Worship to me is a time to connect with God. Worship to me is a time to be in His presence. Worship is much more than singing songs whether they be contemporary or hymns. Worship is about God. It is NOT about me. Worship is about obedience; it’s about hearing the voice of God and following it even when you do not want to. Worship is not for me-it’s for God. Recently some friends had a discussion about Contemporary Christian Music, and I’ve got to say it was very intriguing. I find myself thinking more and more about the content of worship songs that we sing in churches, on K-Love, in the mall, etc. Is the song that I’m singing at the top of my lungs about me or about God? The conclusion that I’ve reached is this: the songs themselves that we often find uplifting are not bad, but perhaps we should not try to label them as worship. Why? Because they’re about us. Take for example Someone Worth Dying For by Mikeschair. This is a beautiful song, don’t get me wrong here. (It’s also annoyingly stereotypical, but that’s another discussion for another day.) The songs message is that we are someone worth dying for, and we’ve gotta believe that. If all else fails, we have to believe that. There is even a little prayer that asks God to help us see this. As someone who struggles with her self worth, I greatly appreciate songs like this that help remind me of who I am to God. However, can we really call such a song worship? Isn’t worship supposed to be about being in awe and reverence of God? Isn’t worship supposed to be about giving your all to Him? Isn’t it supposed to be about worshipping Him for all that He’s done for us and not about making feel good songs the heart of our worship? Look, I’m going to be honest with you. Being a Christian sucks sometimes. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I love God, and I love the transforming journey that He has placed me on. I truly do. But being a Christian is not all sunshine and rainbows. Just ask Jesus. Or Paul who was once Saul. Or Peter. Or anyone really whose had their fair share of struggles in life. It’s not easy. It is not trouble free. It is probably one of the most challenging things that one can do. Easy to say, trickier to follow through. (I guess that’s why we pray that God would help us out. Because we know we can’t do it on our own.)

Anyways, the point that I’m trying to make is that worship both including songs and not including songs is meant to be all about Jesus. It’s meant to be about glorifying Him. Often in the Church you will find people who say “worship didn’t really do anything for me today. It didn’t really elevate me.” Were the lyrics glorifying to God? If the answer is yes, then what are you really focusing on when you are worshipping? If the answer is no, then honey, we’ve got a problem! And yes, I said we.

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