Sometimes when we worship we may be singing a song and saying words, but do we truly mean is coming from our mouth? While we may laugh at the video above, unfortunately at times this is the way some may worship God at church.
As a member of the praise & worship team this is something that I have to be very conscious of every time I stand up on the stage to help lead the congregation in worship. Is my heart clear of the events of the day? Or am I laboring on stressful deal that just blew up, or the client that spoke negatively of me. If my heart and head are not focused in the right direction, how can I possibly begin to lead others into the presence of God?
A few years ago I took a break from the team and all leadership responsibilities to strengthen my relationship with God. After spending almost six straight years on the stage with the team it was quite a weird position to find myself in. I didn’t have to be at church an hour before the service, I didn’t have to come to the weekly practices. What I found though even more interesting was during an actual church service.
See, while I had been on the stage helping lead others, the moment I wasn’t on the stage I had a very hard time entering into worship myself. I found myself critiquing the sound, paying attention to every missed note by the musicians and not really focusing on God. Then while in Atlanta at a Christian music festival it finally hit me. There was a young girl around 17 years of age there. I had watched her stand in the front of the stage and try to use sign language during a Skillet concert for those that were hearing impaired. Unfortunately the music was so incredibly loud and fast as it should be at a hard rock concert that there were points she simply signed, “sorry I don’t know what they are saying, it’s too loud.” As you can imagine, during the rock concert there were thousands jumping up and down, screaming and having the time of their life.
After the band finished playing, it was then time for a worship service and message. Unfortunately during this time, many left to go get autographs of the bands, or to get a bite to eat, or many other excuses. Then, during one of the quiet worship songs, you could feel the presence of God there. I looked up from my seat to see this same girl worshipping God unashamedly in the way that she loved to worship Him through sign language and dance. She stood alone in a sea of thousands giving God all she had.
At this point is when it hit me. I’ve been saying words and dancing and shouting but not really meaning a thing by those words when I was on the stage leading. I was simply going through the motions. At that point God shared with me that I needed to worship him every time I had the opportunity whether it was on the stage or from a seat with as much passion and love as that girl.
When I returned home I no longer worried about the sound, or missed notes by tried to do nothing but focus in on God and the words that I sang from my lips. I didn’t care if I was singing the perfect harmony anymore or if I even looked a little crazy to those around me. I made every notion possible to enter into His presence and give Him all I had every single time I sang.
So in closing, when you go to your next worship service, whether it is in our house or another church, make sure that you are not just singing words because it is a pretty song. Take time to consider the things you are saying. Don’t worry about if your hair gets messed up or if everyone sees your new fancy shoes or tie. That’s not what you are there for. You are there to grow your relationship with God.
There is power in the words you sing to God. He is mighty to save, a great & awesome God that we should surrender all to. Take note in the promises you are making to God when you sing a song. It is a covenant between you & Him that I personally try not to take lightly anymore.