Paul at “A Man Among the Exiles” examines worship in a post called “singing songs to God sometimes feels trivial“. This is a powerful post that encourages us to examine not only our motives, but also the truth that is being expressed in our lives. Consider this:
Iâ€™ve song a thousand songs that basically say the words, â€œGod, I surrender.â€ Most of those times, I groped for God through those songs, seeking very hard to make that statement true. It was like I was trying to convince myself and God that I did indeed surrender everything to Him. However, without there being something in my life making it a true expression of worship, all I was doing was trying to muster up some kind of emotional intensity through the power of music. When worship comes out of real life, there is no striving. That which is in our hearts will naturally surface. For example, when our first child died at birth, and I struggled with even believing or loving God anymore, I made a choice. Both my wife and I chose to say, â€œGod, this hurts like hell, but I still love You. I donâ€™t understand why this is happening, but I still trust You. God, I surrender.â€ Now there was something real to incite the response of surrender to God. This has been one of the deepest worship experiences of my life… I donâ€™t look for God once a week on a Sunday morning. I wake up each day wondering where and how Iâ€™ll see Him next.
Think about this… singing is not worship… attendance is not worship… listening is not worship… standing is not worship… What is worship? Do you worship?