Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a worship song with your hands raised high, and suddenly realizing that you don’t even know what you’re singing about, but the music is really built up and everyone else seems to be into the worship, so you go ahead and join?
I have to admit that I have definitely been that person. I realize while in the middle of a song that I’ve sung a million times before, I seem to be merely going through the motions of the song. I know when the “good” parts are coming up, and when I will raise my hands. I stand amongst a crowd of people who seem to be super into the worship, but there I stand, not even registering the words that are coming out of my mouth.
So many times we get so caught up in the appearance of our worship that we forget to check the heart of our worship. This reminds me of when Paul writes to the churches of Galatia he says, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10
I have to say when we sing an older song that’s been done over and over, I find myself simply regurgitating the words that are so ingrained in my head, and if the style is different than I’m used to, sadly my heart drops a little, but before another thought can come to my mind it hits me; worship isn’t about me at all, so why do I get so caught up in whether or not I like the song? We worship to bring praise and glory to our Creator. Our focus shouldn’t be on whether a song moves us in a certain way, or what we can get from it. Our only intention should be to simply worship God. It says in Hebrews 13:15, "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
When I find myself holding back my worship from God simply because I’m “not feeling the song” I remember that it’s not about a feeling. It’s about remembering what God has done for me, and thanking Him for the promises He has given me like the fact that He will never leave my side, and that He has great plans for my life.
It is only when we switch our focus from what we can gain from worship to how we can give our worship to God that true worship will begin to spill out of us, not just in song, but in everything we do.