Do you take a while to “warm up to worship?” Do you start slow – sing a couple bars softly? But by the time How Great is our God rolls around (and since you know that one) up go the hands.
We worship leaders often think… “I’ll get them up on their feet and energized, then we’ll transition into something worshipful.” Some teaching pastors actually see this as “priming the pump” for their brilliant upcoming treatise for which they’ve poured over literally several commentaries to piece together.
Really? Is this the best we can do? Don’t you wish you could just jump in and praise the Lord with abandon? Don’t you wish you didn’t worry about how others thought about you? You don’t want to be a distraction of course, but you don’t want to be inhibited* either. Here are some thoughts for you…
- Follow the leader – The guy up front is setting the tone for the service. Follow his or her lead. It’s okay.
- Worship during the week – You don’t even need a song playing to worship (novel thought.) In your car, praise the Lord for something. Allow yourself to enjoy praising Him. Be yourself – and be honest. If you’ve never done this and it feels weird – so does everything else you’re unfamiliar with. Just do it.
- Don’t wait – Worship is not about how you feel. Jump in with your mind and body, and I promise that you’re feelings will soon follow. It’s as easy as that.
- Prepare – Begin thinking about your next corporate worship. Anticipate the first note you’ll hear. It may be a horrible band or leader. It may be a song you don’t like. You’re not worshipping the leader or the song! Worship God – and do it without hesitation.
- Take care of your sin beforehand – Worship with clean hands and a clean heart. Keep a short account with God.
Question – what would you add to this list?
*inhibited |inˈhibitid| adjective – unable to act in a relaxed and natural way because of self-consciousness or mental restraint: