I believe corporate worship can be one of the most exciting experiences that we as believers get to participate in this side of heaven!
I can’t help but think of the scripture that references the throng of people pressing in to Jesus just so that they can touch the hem of His garment. That is my hope and prayer for each worship service here at Shandon:
that we would experience the presence of God in an undeniable way and that He does what only He can do!
3 KEYS THAT HELP MAKE YOUR WORSHIP LIFE-CHANGING
1. PRESSING IN
Anytime we really want to hear or be part of something important, we lean in… we press in to receive everything we can. To sit back and be entertained is contrary to worship. To be critical is contrary to worship. To expect God to do what only he can do is worship!
The example of worship given in scripture is a person actively engaged with bowed heads or uplifted hands, standing or prostrate. I think it applies to us as well. We want to reach up to see all that God has for us as we join to Him in worship! Our posture needs to be that of openness.
Without exception, my prayer preparation for worship impacts my experience of worship! When I have prayed for my pastor and for the congregation to sense the presence of God, there is no doubt that I come to worship with an anticipation that something very special is going to happen.
Just as there are ways we can engage with God to experience life-changing worship, there are ways we can be robbed of the worship God longs for us to bring Him.
3 THINGS THAT ROB YOU OF AUTHENTIC WORSHIP
1. PERSONAL PREFERENCE
It is perfectly natural that we choose our worship services by personal tastes in style. However, I once heard a wise man say, “the day that we spend as much time worrying about power and presence as we do about style and form will be the day the church really experiences worship!" Amen?
2. (LACK OF) PARTICIPATION
Being actively involved raises the emotional level! If we sit on the sideline waiting to be “sung to” or “preached at,” we miss the incredible experience of involvement. It doesn’t require an uncomfortable demonstration on your part, but if you are prompted to respond, then who is being robbed when you don’t?
3. (LIMITED) PERSPECTIVE
If church becomes a place just to sing songs, fellowship and listen to sermons without a perspective that every time we come together it is a supernaturally divine appointment for someone, we are not experiencing all that God created us for. Scripture is clear that if two or three of us come worshipping and asking, then He is faithful to meet us. I wouldn’t want to be part of that holy moment still on the sideline, just observing. Would you?
SO WHAT IS "WORSHIP"?
Dave Williamson, a personal mentor, says it well.
“Worship is all that we are, responding to all that God has revealed Himself to be, initiated and empowered by His Holy Spirit.”
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament; Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and the harp; Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes; Praise Him with the loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! PRAISE THE LORD!