While every action and every thought is a platform for worshiping God, there is just something about worshiping God through music and singing that really helps us to redirect our minds and hearts away from whatever they might be latched onto, and place it back onto God. Worshiping God through music is a way of tuning our hearts back to the Spirit of God.
An anonymous author once wrote, “Worship will get you through the roughest times of your life, because it shifts your focus from the problem to the problem solver.”
With that, there are many different ways for us redirect our minds attention and the affection of our heart back onto the Lord Jesus as we worship Him in song.
In this blog, I want to share a few with you.
When we celebrate someone, we are making much of them and we are honoring them for who they are and often times for something that they have done or completed.
When we celebrate Jesus, we are making much of Him and recognizing that He is our Creator, our Lord, and our Savior.
Colossians 1 tells us that, “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into [His kingdom], [in Him] we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Because of what Jesus did in possessing equality with God yet coming to earth in the likeness of man and ultimately becoming obedient to the point of death (Phil. 2), we have been rescued, redeemed and forgiven. That means that regardless of how hard your week, month, or year has been, your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3) and you have an inheritance in Christ that never spoils or fades (1 Pet. 1). Because of that, in Christ you have hope, purpose and provision – forever!
That means that even on your worst day, you always have reason to celebrate! Think on this reality the next time you worship the Lord through music.
You may have heard it said before that past provision is evidence of future faithfulness.
I think its easy when we are in the middle of difficulty to place all of our attention and all of our thoughts onto the present circumstance and easily start feeling afraid and overwhelmed. And I totally get that.
But the reality is that when we do that, when we try on our own to pull ourselves out of a difficult situation, we fail to remember God’s faithfulness of the past and we fail to pause and let Him take control and be faithful again.
Malachi 3:6 tells us “I am the Lord, I change not!”
That means that God doesn’t change – He stays the same when everything around you changes and when relationships and circumstances change, God’s love and God’s care for us Does. Not. Change.
Let me ask you this, has God provided for you in the past?
If that answer is yes, if God has proven to be faithful and has proven that He is not going to leave you and forsake you (Deut. 31), then we can rest in the fact that He is not going to do that in the future either. That doesn’t mean that life is always going to be easy or that things are going to work out how we think they should, but it DOES mean that God is going to provide for us, He is going to care for us and give us what we need.
As you lift up the name of Jesus during musical worship, I want to encourage you to remember and think back on the faithfulness of God in the past. How has He proven His love for you? How has he redeemed you and provided for you? How has He delivered you and shown His love to you?
Keith Getty writes, “our churches themselves bear witness to the gospel…the sight and sound of a congregation singing praise to God together is a radical witness in a culture that rejects God and embraces individualism. Our songs are the public manifesto of what we believe.”
As followers of Christ, we are called and commanded to make disciples of all nations. That means we do that through our words and through our actions as we live as a light in a dark world, but that also means we make disciples and we display the gospel through our worship as well.
Tim Keller says, “there is nothing more evangelistic, nothing that will win the world more than glorious worship.”
Acts chapter 2, after the Holy Spirit came down at Pentecost, verse 42-47 describes the kingdom life lived out by the early church. It says (amongst other things) that they were attending temple daily, receiving their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
When God’s people come together and worship Him with glad and generous hearts through lifting up His name in song, people watch. People become interested. Lives changed. It just happens.
So as we worship together through music and singing let us announce to each other and to those around us watching in our community that Jesus is Lord and that there is hope in the gospel!
Celebrate. Remember. Announce.