Worship: Is It Just Singing?
Admittedly, I'm a horrible singer, and I'm slightly positive that I might be tone deaf.
So when our Sunday school teacher opened with, "We're going to talk about worship," I let out an inner sigh. I know that worship isn't only singing, but I knew where our conversation would end up: music.
But instead, our conversation veered to the question: "Can we effectively worship without the saints of God with us?"
And this got me thinking.
Not just in regard to music, but can I worship without my brothers and sisters around me?
My immediate thought was "Yes, of course I can." I can listen to music; I can appreciate what's around me; I can journal; I can write this blog article at my desk.
And then this question popped into my head:
Is worshipping alone as effective as worshipping in church?
My answer: No, it is not.
I can do all the writing and humming to myself I want, but my human nature craves the sharing of experience, of enjoying worshipping God together.
I started researching scripture verses where "us" and "worship" appear together, and I found a lot. But my favorite is this one: "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker." (Psalm 95:6)
What I love about it is that not only does it explicitly say that we worship together, but we also bow down together. We carry each other's burdens and thanksgivings to God together.
And, honestly, this made me like the idea of worship a little bit more — because instead of it being this single act of singing alone, it has become to me an act that not only brings us closer to God, but to each other.
It is the act of sharing in what the Lord has done for us and what He will do for us as the body of Christ, and that makes me look forward to Sunday mornings so much more.
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