10 Thoughts About Worship I Wish I’d Known Earlier

http://chucklawless.com/2021/06/10-thoughts-about-worship-i-wish-id-known-earlier/

Why Does God Require our Love, Worship, and Praise? Is God Insecure?

https://leewoof.org/2016/02/23/why-does-god-require-our-love-worship-and-praise-is-god-insecure/

10 Thoughts About Worship I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Chuck Lawless

 

As I reflect on my early years as a believer and a young pastor, I realize now how little I knew about worship. I think my worship would have been more focused and powerful had I known some of these things back then:

  1. Corporate worship really matters. COVID has reminded us of what we had taken for granted. The combined praises of God’s people are powerful, especially when we listen to each other worship.
  2. We waste a lot of time in worship services. The time-wasters, in fact, are numerous. Making churchwide announcements that apply to only one group. Preaching disorganized, rambling sermons. Talking too much between songs. I could go on and on. . . .
  3. Many hymns have great theology. As a younger leader, I grew weary with many hymns—but I judged them then more on their sing-ability than on their theology.
  4. Many praise choruses are straight from the Bible. I didn’t always recognize that fact, though, so I missed out on the connection with the Word.
  5. We who were raised on the repetition of “Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me” probably shouldn’t get stressed about repetitive choruses today. I’m not arguing for weak choruses; I’m simply saying that we’ve dealt with similar issues in the past.
  6. It’s okay to raise your hands to praise God in worship. I realize others may differ with me here, but I’ve grown comfortable with worshiping physically and publicly while also praying I not draw attention to myself (I trust).
  7. The worship event ought to be the culmination of our turning our heart to God—not the first step in that direction. If we wait until the worship service to get right with God, we’ll miss much of the point of worship: simply honoring Him as holy. Worship ought to be ongoing even before we gather with believers.

Te rest is at: http://chucklawless.com/2021/06/10-thoughts-about-worship-i-wish-id-known-earlier/

Inspiring Quotes on Worship

1. The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship. By Jerry Kerns

2. When God’s people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure. By Graham Truscott

3. God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. By Charles H. Spurgeon

4. Worship is an it-is-well-with-my-soul experience. By Robert Webber

5. Without worship, we go about miserable. By A. W. Tozer

6 A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you. By Manley Beasley

7.If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop a spirit of worship. By Michael Catt

8. As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life. By Richard Foster

9. Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped. By Jack Hayford

10. Worship must be – Christ centered, Holy Spirit led, a Response to the Father, about Intimacy and Service and always lead to Transformation! By Tim Hughes

11. We must bear in mind, true worship is a matter of the heart and of genuine devotion to God. By Vivien Hibbert

12. Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does. By Warren Wiersbe

Scriptural Worship

I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the church, the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the public service which now passes for worship among us.
—A.W. Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963)

Christian Worship Is a Discipline, Not a Fun Experience

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2020/06/10/worship-is-a-discipline-not-a-fun-experience/

9 Lessons Young Worship Leaders Need to Learn

https://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/299654-lessons-young-worship-leaders-need-learn-david-santistevan.html

Selections from: The Worship God Is Seeking

Passionate worship requires some skill, not in some elitist way, but because we put our all into expressing this worship to God.

Such creativity, freedom and life surely cannot be contained in just one or two songs. Such worship cannot be fully expressed in just one liturgy or style of music.

God designed worship to come to Him from every thing He created.

Psalm 33

God is seeking a worship that reflects His heart. As the truly original artist, He delights in worship that echoes the creativity and passion that He put into creation. He longs for worship that reflects not only the expanse of creation but also the fullest expression of His crown of creation: redeemed humanity worshiping Him from every tongue, tribe and nation. We need to cultivate creativity and artistic expression in our worship, not to impress God, or put our talents on display before Him, but simply because He enjoys it. This is the worship He seeks.

Our worship must move us to this kind of love if it is to be authentic and Christ centered.

Our worship does not isolate us; rather, as we draw near to God’s heart, we are stirred by His longing to see salvation visit the whole earth and to shatter the works of Satan.

Our acts of worship divorced from a lifestyle of mercy and justice create the same effect.

We are to be marked by love, and it is only in such a place that the bonds of injustice and the abuse of power can truly be broken. It is by our love that the world will know that we are disciples of Christ. It is by our love that our worship is marked as acceptable before the King of love Himself It is time for the Church to recover the worship that has love at its core. Love for God that is expressed through love for our neighbor. The worship that God is seeking is a worship that is rooted in love for each other.

– Ruis, David. The Worship God Is Seeking (The Worship Series) (p. 124). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Corporate Worship Values: What Unites Us

http://www.davidsantistevan.com/corporate-worship-values-what-unites-us/

Worship Is Not A Reflection Of How You Feel

Joy is not something that comes naturally. In fact, it is a choice. We have to choose along the way to rejoice: “We also rejoice … because we know …” (Romans 5:3 CSB). Rejoicing comes from reminding yourself of something that you know.

It’s amazing how many times in Scripture we are commanded to worship—and not just if we feel like it. Throughout the Psalms, the people of God are told to raise their hands in worship, to sing aloud, to shout, to clap—even to dance. We’re commanded to do these things whether or not we feel like it because worship is a choice. In worship, we choose to rejoice, by faith, in a reality that God declares to be true. Sometimes that choice aligns with our feelings. Often that choice defies our feelings.

Many of us go to church thinking about how we feel. But worshipping is not a reflection of how we feel; it’s a reflection of what we know to be true and what God has promised in his Word. It’s a declaration of what God is worthy of. Here’s what God often (and graciously) allows to happen: As we declare it, we begin to feel it. Sometimes even the posture of our body will actually guide our heart, which is one reason we are commanded to raise our hands and shout in worship.

When I kneel in prayer, I feel submissive. When I raise my hands, I feel surrendered. When I open my hands, I feel needy. The posture guides the heart. Worship is not a depiction of our feelings, but a declaration of our faith. It’s a defiant declaration that “I am not how I feel. My life is not what circumstances may make it look like it is. What God says is true is true, and I am going to act like it.”

The rest: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/worship-is-not-a-reflection-of-how-you-feel