Friday, July 18, 2008

Worship: Its Personal

I was thinking about Worship today and it struck me that Worship is something that we do corporately but is a very personal experience. Lately I have heard lots of conversations on worship, style, freedom, spontaneity, etc. The one thing that it comes down to is that "Worship is personal."

2Samuel 6:14-15 And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.

Worship involves personal communion with God even in the corporate setting. If David had been in a different mood, or if his attention had been distracted to a problem in his kingdom etc, the worship would have been compromised. The People of Israel joined in Worship as they restored the Ark of the Lord to its rightful place, each of the children of Israel worshiped on their own leading to a corporate worship experience.

We have sat in a "worship" service and possibly "felt" the difference between a good worship leader and a great worship leader. Every Sunday we plan a worship service to assist our church in its worship with and to God, but still many times the efforts fall short and the "Feeling of worship" just is not as strong as we think it should be.

Then there is the one Sunday when hearts and spirits are raise in worship and communion with God. Worship just seems to "happen." It is a great feeling to be a part of what God can do with just a few or a multitude. Feeling good about a worship service is not what it is about... still trying to lead a worship service where people can communicate effectively with God is a desire in ministry.

I feel today that worship is much more personal than the modern church seems to see and use it. It takes more than just "the right setting" to happen. For true worship to happen in our churches people need to get away of the distractions of their own lives and draw their focus on their worship of God.

Just thinking out loud.