I’ve got a pretty analytical mind. If you’ve ever read anything else I’ve written, you may have figured that out. It’s a quality that I really like about myself.
I like to learn about things and think about the things that I do and not just do them because “that’s what Christians do.” I like to know why we do it, and I like to know that I’m doing it right.
A while back, I starting thinking about lifting hands in worship. I even wrote about it. I truly believe that lifting your hands is an act of worship to God. But I see a lot of people lifting their hands during songs (and parts of songs) that aren’t worshiping God. I listen to the words of a song and lift my hands if the words I’m singing are actually worshiping God. I think you should do the same.
This last week at church, the band started playing a song that I don’t really think belongs in a worship service. It’s a good song. It’s by a popular worship band. It’s even a nice song to listen to. But the words don’t really worship God.
When they started playing it, I sang along but wasn’t worshiping God. I felt completely justified not worshiping because (at least to my analytical mind) it wasn’t a worship song.
Deep inside I felt God speak to me. “Worship me anyway.”
Oh! That makes sense! It doesn’t matter if the song’s words are worshiping God. It doesn’t matter if I think this song shouldn’t be sung in a worship service. What matters is that I am worshiping God. The whole point of worshiping God is to worship God, not to analyze each word that I sing.
What’s holding you back from worship? Are you afraid of what others think of you? Are you distracted by what’s going to happen Monday morning at work? Or are you like me and even though you have every good intention, you over analyze your way out of worshiping? Whatever is holding you back, it’s time to let it go.
God is such an amazing God who is worthy of every bit of worship you can give Him. Don’t hold back. Don’t hold back for anything.