Worship Your Way

Not long ago I had a chat with a fairly new believer. Let me preface this by saying she is an older teenager and pretty confident she knows just about everything. I’ve been there. I get it. But, we started discussing worship.

She mentioned she was looking for a church where people “knew how to worship” and gave “God the praise He deserves like King David did”. Whoa up sweet girl. Whoa up.

Now hear me, I love my friend's daughter, her relationship with the Lord, and her enthusiasm for her faith. All those things are to be celebrated. However, I also love her enough to have a conversation about the slippery slope of judging worship styles.

Our church community is stuffed with differences. Different genders, races, levels of education, family structures, and about a million other things. But, we have to focus on what connects us, our love of God. As the conversation continued I was able to share moments of complete silence and not moving a muscle where I was worshipping. Where my spirit was connected with God and I could feel Him in the room.

… a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance… (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

Paul tells us there are many gifts, but only one Spirit. The key is diversity. We would miss so many amazing opportunities if we assumed “our” choice of worship was “the best” choice. Our God is creative! He is the same God that gave King David songs we now call Psalms, Horatio Spafford the song “It Is Well With My Soul," and Elevation Worship “Gardens to Graves." Each song is dramatically different… but all worshipping the same loving God that craves our worship. How amazing is that?!

So, if you love to sing a hymn - sing it! If you love a praise chorus - make a joyful noise! Christian rap your thing - then crank it up! Need a little bit of all those options? God will meet you there. It’s about your heart and the place you and the Lord meet up. It’s not a place to judge others. Worship is a place to connect with your heavenly Father. Embrace that.

Lord, we love to connect with You in worship. We are thankful for so many options and a great community to experience that worship. We also ask You to stretch us in how we can connect with You! And, remind us, when we need it, to celebrate the diversity of worship. Amen.

By Carrie Peterson
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  






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