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.