I love to worship, and am so very thankful that God has called me to be in a praise band at my church. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I get to choose the songs, search pertaining Scriptures that go along with the theme He's given me, and together,with our team, which is together also in the Spirit, lead our congregation in worship each Sunday morning. God has placed us together for this purpose for such a time as this. And at times, we have felt the sweetness of His presence, so much so, that I had wished Pastor didn't have to give the message.... we just wanted to keep on worshipping!
But then, there have been other times, when even though our hearts "seemed" to be into it, we sensed something was lacking. And we noticed that some of the people out there didn't seem to be into the worship. The looks on their faces were more of dullness, as if they weren't directly engaging in this moment. Our efforts at worshipping were seeming to be more of going through the motions. And, to be honest with you, I felt like we were letting God down with our half efforts of worshipping Him. A whole week goes by before we gather again, and it seemed to me that we had wasted those twenty minutes. Almost like trying to talk to a person who has a cell phone in his hands, responding to the texts of friends! Distracted attention.
How do you feel about worship? It's not about the band, or the choir, or the music, or the surroundings. It's not even about you! It's about God. He created us to be in a relationship with Him. And He designed us to mirror His image, to give Him glory, and to reflect His love and light. When we come to worship, we are to come before Him, on bended knee, in awe of who HE is, not who we are. We are to prepare for our gathering together before our Lord. Be more personally engaged and involved.
Here is a link that I would like to share with you on the heart of worship. It shares my sentiments and I hope it helps you to examine your heart on the matter of worship. And the next time you gather with your brothers and sisters at church, your worship of our Lord will have more meaning. It will be a pleasing aroma before our Heavenly Father, and He will be pleased.