“But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” –John 4:23
In my last blog post, Worshiping God- Part 1, I focused on how worshiping God is not only by singing to Him, but also by the way we live. In this blog post, I am going to focus on the aspect of worshiping God through music. As I said in my last post, it is very pleasing to God when we worship Him through music. David wrote many Psalms that tell us to worship God through song. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Make a joyful shout all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” –Psalm 100:1-2
“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.” –Psalm 51:15
“I will praise you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.” –Psalm 57:9
Singing is a wonderful and powerful way to worship. But, have you ever become distracted when you’re singing? Have you ever been thinking about other things rather than the words you’re saying? Are you really praising God, or are you just singing along so it looks like it on the outside? I’m sure most of us are guilty of doing one of these things. Do you know why probably all of us are guilty? Because we forget the importance of worshiping God, not only by singing to Him, but by truly praising Him in our heart. Isaiah 29:13 says, “Therefore the Lord said, ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but have removed their hearts from Me…’” In this chapter, Isaiah is foreseeing that the people of Judah and Jerusalem would worship God with their mouth, but their hearts would be far from Him. This kind of worship is not pleasing to God. When we worship Him, it should be a time of deep reverence and praise for our creator. It should be a sacred time where we pour out worship from our hearts to our King.
Psalm 47:1-7 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our king, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth, sing praises with understanding.” Praising God should not be a mindless thing. It should be full of understanding and sincere praise from our heart. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “We must not be guided by the time, but the words of the psalm; we must mind the matter more than the music, and consider what we sing; the tune may affect the fancy, but it is the matter affects the heart, and that God principally eyes.” True worship is from the heart, while false worship is only skin deep. Do you want to be a true worshiper? I know I do! I will end this post by summarizing two points what we must do to be a true worshiper.
1. Worship from your heart. Don’t sing for outward appearance, but for God’s glory.
2. Worship with understanding. Understand the words you are singing. If there is a part in the song that you don’t understand, don’t let it stay that way! Ask or look up what it means, so the next time you sing it, you can sing it with understanding.
We worship an amazing God who is worthy of true worship. Let’s stop worshiping our God half-heartedly and begin worshiping Him whole-heartedly.