True Worship

Posted: September 17, 2011 in Church, Straight up
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I don’t know about you, but I used to always leave a worship service saying how good or bad the worship was. When it comes down to it, this is honestly what I would base that judgement on:

What songs the band played.
How well the band sounded when they played those songs.
How many people appeared to be truly going after God.
How many hands were raised when the good songs got to the chorus.

And the list goes on and on.


Lately I’ve realized just how jacked up these ideas are. Because worship doesn’t truly depend on any of these things. Worship is our response to what God has done in our lives. Worship is between US and God. Period. 


How well the band plays, or what songs they play, doesn’t determine how good worship is. We do.


If worship wasn’t very good it’s not because the band played bad. It’s not because they didn’t play our favorite song. It’s not because nobody around us seemed to care about worshipping. It’s because of us.


Worship isn’t about us and our personal preferences. It’s about honoring and praising God. It’s about us making a decision to worship God because He deserves to be worshipped.


All the other things like the band, songs, etc. are great. But ultimately worship comes down to US worshipping God and not relying on anything else around us to make that happen. 

Have you ever struggled with this during worship?

  1. conniewalden says:

    To me, worship is about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…Gratitude for what He did for me on the cross…praising Him for His sacrifice for me, thanking Him for His grace, rejoicing that He saved me. It’s about my relationship with Jesus, and my yearning to be closer to Him. It’s not about who is on stage. It’s about Jesus. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  2. Jim says:

    Nate, thanks for sharing your thoughts on worship. As one who has been giving considerable thought to the idea of worship lately, I welcome you to the discussion and the journey!

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