How We Worship
Sometimes...in church services... I catch myself being...
It's embarrassing, truly.
But I just have my moments where flesh and human insecurity comes out in me.
And I begin to look at how everyone else is worshiping.
Comparison steals me away from spending time with my creator.
The devil steals my joy, and plants the seed of doubt in my mind.
My arms aren't in the air. Should my arms be in the air?
Those people are on their knees. Why don't I feel compelled enough to fall on my knees?
Is the Holy Spirit not in me?
For a few moments all of these thoughts spin around in my head until I finally snap out of it. And then I try my very best to remember who it is that I am worshipping, and who it is I am seeking the approval from.
"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." -Galatians 1:10
Maybe I'm just speaking for myself here, but I think so often in church services we tend to do what those around us are doing - or at least what the majority of those around us are doing.
The other day I went to a service and the band was playing a bunch of worship songs that I had been playing on my drive to work every morning. Needless to say, on my way to work, I get really into these songs. Consequently, I caught myself doing the same during the worship part of the service.
I caught myself...
Why did I stop? Because I didn't sound good? Because I could only hear myself and no one around me? Because screaming in public is socially frowned upon?
In 2 Samuel 6 verse 14 tells us of how King David reacted when the Ark of the Covenant (a.k.a. God's presence) was finally delivered to its rightful place:
"And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn." -Samuel 6:14-15
David danced with all his might before the Lord. He and Israel brought up the presence of the Lord with shouting and celebration. Without hesitation, or even the slightest moment of self-consciousness, David glorified the Lord with his dancing and playing of the horn.
But take heart my fellow non-skilled dancers, there is hope for us.
In other verse we see that worship doesn't always come in the form of mighty dancing.
Other verses tell us that we can worship through singing or through ministry, and proclaiming God's name to all of the nations (1 Chronicles 16:23-24).
Romans tells us of how we can and should be living sacrifices with our bodies and our lives for His glory and due worship.
But never are we instructed to worship a certain way because everyone else is doing it.
If you go to a foreign country, yes, respect their customs, and follow their traditional worship practices out of courtesy.
But when it comes to your time with the Lord - whether it be at church, at home, at work, or in your ministry - it is your time with the Lord.
And what I'm learning is that when we truly are spending time with the Lord, and worshiping His greatness, something does move inside of us.
Some of us it moves to solemn reflection. Some of us it moves to deep confession. Some of us it moves to hit our knees. And some of us it moves to lift our hands and sing.
But the Holy Spirit is moving. And it is calling us to worship.