This is how I want to worship

This is how I want to worship: in truth. I want to sing songs that are true because they are true on any given day, not just because of how I feel today. I want to sing words of declaration, affirmation, of creed and commitment. “Immortal, invisible, God only wise” is always true. “I’m so in love with you” depends.

This is how I want to worship: in song. With music giving shape to the words that swirl in my head, with rhythm to steady my heart, measure by measure I come. The pauses are my soul’s selah.

This is how I want to worship: aware. With eyes open and heart tuned in, with Scripture in my ears and on my lips, pointing me to God. He is our God, and we are the sheep of His pasture. “Come, let us sing a song, a song declaring we belong to Jesus.”

This is how I want to worship: together.  We belong to Jesus, and so we belong to to each other. I want to sing as friends around a campfire, as family gathered at a reunion; not as one in an imagined spiritual cubicle singing alone in a room full of people. I want to sing the us, the we, the our when we are together. I sing the songs of my devotion at home. I want to look into your eyes and hold your hand as we sing “How great is our God, SING WITH ME, how great is our God, ” and “Oh God, our help in Ages past, our hope in years to come.”

I don’t care about the instruments. I don’t care about the harmonies. I don’t care whether it’s a hymnal or song leader or a fabulously designed power point.

This is how I want to worship: in Spirit and in truth, with you.

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13 thoughts on “This is how I want to worship

  1. I have been thinking all week about how singing scripture is really a great way to memorize and meditate on it. And songs and hymns that speak truth to my soul are so necessary, especially when I’m not feeling it. And I will confess, the person you didn’t hear singing “I’m so in love with you” on Sunday… that was me. I just didn’t feel it that way at the time. There we go, the long of my short “Amen.”

  2. Thank you for this, Bronwyn; It is cold water on my worship when I am concerned about how visitors – men especially – will feel about “singing you a love song”, and “I’m so in love with you” and “you are so beautiful”… to a man. THE Man! yes! But do they know that yet? Does is feel creepy and make them want to slip out? Does it stumble them? I can’t help but look to see if men in front of me, off to the side, the visible ones, are singing along… and “Where is it written?”

    • Thanks Jeff. I confess I grew up thinking our most spiritually significant times were times spent alone with God, but more and more I’m finding that it is OUR times with god which challenge me, feed me and grow me the most. That whole “when two or three are gathered in my name” dynamic.

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