I used to miss praise and worship all the time at the first church I attended regularly as an adult. It wasn’t really as much on purpose, as getting up and at em’ on a Saturday can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Snuggled under warm covers you think, “I’ll still get there in time for the sermon.” Somehow we resolve that’s all that matters, but I realized it’s not for many reasons.
It’s re-occurring all throughout the Bible how glad it makes God when we sing or lift our worship to him. I mean he is a pretty awesome God. Singing took on a whole new meaning for me after I took a voice lesson class at Deliverance church that turned out to be much more. It really showed me the importance of the words we sing and when I did my final “recital” I finally felt the power behind the words for myself.
Praise and worship may be one of the most important parts of the service. It sets the atmosphere for everything else that is to come. When those singers come together and lift their voices, God’s presence is being solidified in that place. A moment in God’s presence has the ability to turn around a lifetime of turmoil. That’s what I was missing each Sunday when I tried to scurry in while announcements were commencing.
My heart was not in optimal condition to receive what was forthcoming. I was probably still dealing with the rude bus driver that almost missed my stop or with the feelings of walking to church some mornings because I didn’t have a car then. Bringing all the worry of the world into the pew with me and attempting to receive what could be a life altering message. It makes a difference.
Now, praise and worship is such a big part of my life in and outside of Sunday mornings. It sets the tone for my days most often and helps when I am feeling the anxiety that comes with living. It takes me to another place when I am in the midst at church and completely envelopes me in a new way. I appreciate that time to lay down all the burdens of my week and get light to hear from the man of God and really be able to receive everything he has to give. I also appreciate now that I can identify where in the word these songs are actually being pulled from which I really appreciate as well.
One of the great things about praise and worship music is how much it has evolved. I remember a time when the church was outraged about a song like STOMP from Kirk Franklin and he has gone on to become one of the biggest names in Gospel music. He was speaking the language that surely people like me needed to hear at the time. Old hymns just weren’t going to do it for a generation at odds with religion trying to find their way back.
The God’s Property album WAS EVERYTHING. Ha! And at the time, I was singing those songs without even truly knowing what they meant. I had no clue about the true reverence for God they were singing about. And now, in this time with the release of his latest project, Losing My Religion, I feel like I have experienced a few things in my journey with God now and I can completely relate!
Be diligent. Get there for praise and worship. Take whatever necessary measures you need to, to arrive in time for that important piece of the service. It could literally change your life. Sing out. Don’t be timid. God will deliver some things to your heart in that time. Believe me, I know that now.
Scriptures to Reference:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
It makes me super happy that I have the opportunity to gift a pair of tickets to a lucky reader to Kirk Franklin’s show at the Tower Theater on Wednesday, March 23rd! All you have to do is drop your email below to subscribe to the For Dreamers Only mailing list and you will be entered into a random drawing! Winner will be selected Sunday, Jan. 31.