Worship How I See It
Some think worship is just music and singing that happens during the first 20 minutes of church. Some people think it’s just “church” music in general. And some don’t know what worship is or why we do it.
1. Worship is our natural instinct
As Christ-Followers, we are called to worship with everything we do in life. (Colossians 3:17) Worship isn’t music, worship isn’t singing, and worship most certainly isn’t “the band playing songs for you”. Worship is our response, our way of living that is a direct reflection of God’s love poured out for us. It should be our natural instinct, our gift to God in response to the gift of forgiveness, love, grace, eternal life, freedom…etc (the list could literally never end). Maybe you’ve never felt that natural instinct to just worship God. Then I would ask you to get to know who God is a little better. Dig into scripture about His unstoppable love for you, and you’ll have a reason to worship.
2. He doesn’t need it
God doesn’t NEED our praise. He actually doesn’t need anything from us. He doesn’t even need us at all. With or without us, He is still God on His throne. BUT (and it’s a big but), He wants us. He yearns for us. He pursues us. So, how can we not want, yearn, or pursue Him? In my opinion, anyone who could possibly want me, all of my baggage, imperfections, sins, darkest secrets, shortcomings, and failures, is certainly worthy of my praise, my time, energy, money, talents, and every ounce of my being. God
Here’s how I see it: For everything He’s given me, I’ll worship Him for it. And let’s get real; He’s given us everything. Every thing we touch, see, and have, it’s a beautiful and precious gift from Him and I’m going to praise Him for it. I want to talk about how good He is and I want to sing about it. I want people to see my praise and appreciation for Him oozing out of me at the workplace, at home, and at Target.
3. Then what’s this whole singing thing about?
Maybe you share my love for music and singing. Then again, maybe you don’t. You might be someone who patiently endures the singing on Sunday mornings until you hear what you really came for — the message.
If that’s kind of where you’re at, Martin Luther wants to have a few words with you. Luther loved congregational music and considered music next to theology in importance. He also had no problem saying what was on his mind. In a foreword to a collection of songs arranged for multiple voice parts, he wrote the following:
“When man’s natural ability is whetted and polished to the extent that it becomes an art, then do we note with great surprise the great and perfect wisdom of God in music, which is, after all, His product and His gift; we marvel when we hear music in which one voice sings a simple melody, while three, four, or five other voices play and trip lustily around the voice that sings its simple melody and adorn this simple melody wonderfully with artistic musical effects, thus reminding us of a heavenly dance where all meet in a spirit of friendliness, caress, and embrace. . . . A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard it [music] as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”
(Luther, “Preface to Georg Rhau’s Symphoniae iucundae,” LW 53, cited by Buszin in “Luther on Music,” The Musical Quarterly 32, no. 1 : 85)
We may not want to imitate Luther’s attitude, but we do want to imitate his passion for singing — because God himself is passionate about singing.
4. God is all about singing
In Zephaniah 3:17 it says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you, in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but .”
ISV says, “He will celebrate with singing because of you”
If we look at the book of Psalms, singing and musical instruments is all over.
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” (Ps. 96:1-2)
“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” (Ps. 47:6)
In just 3 verses, it tells us to sing 7 times! The Bible in all contains over 400 references of singing and 50 direct commands to sing.
Here are a few practical reasons to sing (at least some of) your worship:
Singing (and music in general) will change your mood
Singing helps us remember words (our music is full of encouraging words, word-for-word scripture, Biblically sound promises and reflections)
Singing will charge you with energy and clarity before listening to a message; mentally and emotionally charging.
It’s really makes the devil mad. Enough said.
Singing with others makes you feel apart of a larger body that you’re connected to and it encourages you.
To wrap it up: Worship and having a reason to worship will without a doubt change your life. Get to know God and His scripture (His promises for us) so well that you have the natural instinct to worship. Get to know His love for you and praise Him for it. Look around and see what He has blessed you with, and praise Him for it. Praise Him for everything and even sing about it!
To sum it up:
Find your reason to worship and let it be your instinct.
Praise the God who yearns for you.
Imitate Martin Luther’s passion for singing praises.
Sing to the one who sings for you.