“And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.”
Singing in worship is exclusively about God, and our focus should be on Him, not ourselves.
“O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”
Sing with joy, thanksgiving, passion and honesty, while praising Him for who He is, for all that He has done, is doing, and will do!
Do this in spite of trials and struggles in your life, because you KNOW that God is faithful, He is with you, He has a purpose for what you’re going through, and because you know He sees beyond your present pain.
The evil one tries to divert your attention to the negative side of things, but if you remain true to the Lord, and worship Him during even the hardest moments, your joy and blessings will be multiplied; during the hard moments, and during the moments of calm.
No matter what is thrown your way, good or bad, take the time to worship the Lord daily.
His heart is drawn to those who trust and worship Him at all times!
“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,”
If your church is regularly using songs that focus more on how you feel or puts the attention predominantly on people, perhaps you are not going to a Christ-centered church. True, you do not have control over what songs they sing in worship, but you certainly can speak up about your concern in this area, or find a church body that does center their worship on Christ.
If your heart isn’t in it, or if you’re basing worship time on how you feel, or if you’re looking to get a good feeling out of the experience, then your worship isn’t honest or genuine. It is just going through the motions while being distracted by your surroundings and thoughts, but not truly worshipping God. This is self-centered and not God-centered.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” … The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
We should want to give the Lord that good feeling! Just think about how excited He would be if we all gathered together and were unified with one heart in 100% focused worship on Jesus! That would surely get his heart pumped up for His people! THEN we would see some powerful things happening in our lives and in the lives of our church family!
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.”
“Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
“Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.”
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”…
And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Food for Thought: Worship time is not meant to help us feel better about ourselves. It is for the sole purpose of focusing on who God is; our Creator, Savior and Lord, and giving Him credit for all He has done, is doing, and will do.
Fun facts: “All creatures, worship God most high! Sound every voice in earth and sky: Alleluia! Alleluia!”
– Francis of Assisi.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Cardinal looks to its Creator