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How Shall We Sing?

Leslie Shoots - July 15, 2017

Praise, worship

Jesus said God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.  What this says to me is that worship has to rise from deep inside of me. Often I ask myself if I'm a true worshiper. Is my heart truly devoted to adoring God with total sincerity? Do I have a deep down profound gratitude towards Him? I mean that's where it has to come from, not on the surface.  It can't be shallow or superficial in any way. What brings this to mind is an appreciation to our LORD for a praise and worship team who prepares our hearts along with theirs for a time of fellowship leading up to the proclaiming of God's word. Why am I thankful in particular? This past Sunday I had the opportunity to visit one of those big mega churches. Man oh man alive was I missing the bowling alley. For me personally I just don't want to be persuaded to worship. I don't know about you but I don't need to hear overly sentimental music to sort of emotionally and psychologically mellow me out to worship God. This big church wasn't the first big church I've been to. I've seen the stained glass windows before, and all the holy hardware hanging all over the place. Somewhat distracting if you ask me, so much so I couldn't even tell you what the sermon was about. Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying this in itself is wrong, it's just not for me. Here's all I really want to say. I noticed that the worship songs that we sing at South Church are not songs intended to do something to our emotions. It's praise music that's intended to do something to our minds. It's worship music to make us think, not make us feel. It's a blessing to think about the great truths while praising our LORD so that we can worship God on the basis of the things that are true about Him. That for me and hopefully you too is what worshiping in truth as well as in spirit is all about. When David penned 'I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name' I don't think he had to get worked into an emotional frenzy to say it. I think it came from a heart that personally knew our LORD's goodness to the faithful. Our worship can be hindered if we don't know the God we're worshiping. 'How can we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?'