Over the last several years the Lord has been speaking deeply to my heart about worship.
And even more so the last few weeks. I am not a worship leader, nor will I ever be. In fact, quite the opposite. My voice might actually lead people out of worship and into wonder… like, “I wonder how someone can sing that terribly?”
When my youngest child was two, I was rocking her to sleep and quietly singing over her, and she ever so sweetly reached two chubby little fingers up, pressed them to my lips, and said in her precious toddler voice, “Shhh, mommy, don’t sing.”
If I had any lingering doubts that I could not sing, they were put to rest the day a two-year-old could not tolerate my singing for even one more second.
So as I write about worship, know this is from the heart of someone who is not a professional. My thoughts and opinions on worship come from what I have personally experienced with God, and not from any expertise on what it takes to lead a team of people and a church full of people into worship.
There are so many ways to worship God that I could not even begin to cover them.
Today I want to focus on the aspect of worship that has become so familiar and so routine - singing.
Yes, the person who can’t sing is going to talk about singing.
Here’s what I know. If you hate worship, it’s not because of the worship leader, or the song choice, or the band.
I believe we hate worship when we don’t understand worship.
Who wants to do something they’re not especially good at over and over in a crowd of other people?
Honestly, some Sundays I’m really just trying to make sure no one sitting near me is assaulted by my voice.
But when we begin to understand what is happening during worship – then we are not satisfied to just sing to Him on Sunday mornings.
We will find ourselves singing in the car, the shower, the kitchen.
A song will begin to rise up in us at the strangest times. Because we will know something that we don’t know right now.
We will know the power of our worship.
Psalm 22:3 says, “God inhabits the praises of Israel, His people."
Psalm 40:3 says, “He has put a new song in our mouth - a song of praise.” Whatever your song was before - a song of loss or fear or trouble - God has a new song for you. A song of praise. A song of joy.
I need a new song! I need to focus my heart and my mind on You, but at times life is so difficult and it seems impossible! Please speak Your truth to my heart and open my eyes to the song You have written for me. Let Your song fill my heart and my mind and spill out of my heart!
Author: Brooke Kireta