3 Suggestions On God-Fearing Worship

3 Suggestions On God-Fearing Worship

A reflection on worship leading in the ministry of music.
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Worship is a topic that is written, blogged, and talked about very often. I hope that what I say does not fall into the vast ocean of opinions out there, and hopefully, I offer a new perspective.

A lovely worship experience is singing songs that have a history of the church that still has an impact today, even though they are centuries old. I am very fortunate that I have been able to grow up in a church where we sing hymns, gospel, contemporary and other styles of music in a worship service.

Now that I am getting older, hymns are so important. The words are straight out of scripture and it also reflects the history and heritage of the church in general. When we sit down and think about the words that these hymns have, it will lead you into a place of worship that is so holy it is overwhelming. Since these songs are directly from scripture, a God-breathed song, it does not get much better than that!

As I already hear the familiar grunt in everyone's voice, I think it is important to talk about this area specifically the area of what songs we pick in a worship service. As I have been involved in worship for a while now, and am doing a worship internship this year, I have been thinking about this topic a lot.

The other day for my internship, I had an assignment where you had to pick 15 worship songs, and out of those, pick three to do as your main worship set. I was becoming so frustrated because I could not think of what to put down. The problem was not that I didn't have any songs, the problem was that I did not have many songs that were as worshipful as they should be.

Now, let me put a disclaimer in here, this article is not bashing Christian artists. There is too much of that as it is. The goal, however, is three " strategies" that I have thought about and tried to implement into picking songs to lead.

Here are two key strategies to really consider when picking worship songs:

Choose Songs Wisely!

The big decision is to choose songs for a worship set— a pretty hard but important task. When picking songs, as simple as it may sound, choose them wisely! For myself, I fall into a trap sometimes when picking songs that I either choose songs that are easy or songs that make me feel good.

God created us to be emotional beings so that should be represented in our worship, however, it should not be the motive behind our worship. If we are worshiping completely out of feeling, then our worship will have an impact temporarily and we won't be grounded in anything. But if our worship is grounded in God, the one who lead us there in the first place, it will change us forever. There are a lot of good songs out there, you just need to find them with a heart open to God.

This leads me to my last point...

Pray!

Pray! There are so many times I begin to plan a worship set and things were not going well. I find myself scratching my head wondering why— then I remember that I have not asked the one who knows all things to help me! This is also crazy, but God has a plan of what songs He wants you to sing and for the flow of the service.

Sometimes the biggest things we miss, and when you are leading we all need to be in the presence of God. If we are expected to lead people into the presence of God, but we do not know what being the presence of God is, how can we lead people there?

All that to say, worship leaders have an incredible responsibility— but it is one that God has outlined for us and knows how He can inhabit the praise of His people.

So, let's ask Him to guide us, and show us the way. When we rely on Him, it is amazing to see and experience how the worship comes together, because the man whom we are singing too is guiding us to get to Him, a powerful picture that changes the body of Christ.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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What A Blessing It Is To Have Been Loved By A Grandpa Like You

No one could ever replace your contagious giggle and radiating love.

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To my newest angel in heaven...

Grandpa Norb, I just wanted to write to you to let you know how great it is to be loved by a grandpa like you. With 4 children, 4 children in-law, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, we all know in our different ways your love for us. While you are no longer here, I am certain that you will always be watching over us and in our hearts.

Knowing you for 20 years, I can't imagine feeling more loved. Every holiday gathering started with you wishing a Merry Christmas, no matter the actual holiday. You always welcomed with a hug, and said goodbye with open arms, a kiss on the cheek and a whispered reminder that I am always in your prayers. Even with you no longer with us, I know you'll be watching over and praying for me as I carry on my steps in life.

Like a sunflower, you were always bright and smiling when I saw you. You showed your excitement when I walked in the room and made me feel lucky to be around you and overjoyed to know you just through your smile. You were the patriarch of our wonderful family standing tall and showering us with radiating love and goofiness.

Among us all, you loved Grandma with your whole heart and were married for 68 beautiful years. Watching her say goodbye has been one of the hardest things to see, but completely overpowering, the love you had for each other. As long as I knew you, I don't think I ever saw the two of you apart. The unconditional love that you had and always will feel for each other is one that I envy to have in my own relationships.

As almost two weeks have passed since God brought you to him, this is my goodbye to you. I will never forget the last good day I spent with you and Grandma together. I will think of you when I see yellow sunflowers standing tall and bright, and during thunderstorms as if it is you Grandpa Ray bowling together up in heaven.

I feel incredibly lucky to know you and have been loved by you for 20 of your 94 years, and I will always miss you.

Love,

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