When you look up a conventional list of spiritual disciplines worship isn’t one usually present. When I was young, no mentor ever pulled me aside and wanted to coach me on how to worship. It’s so simple. You sing a song, you feel it and it’s great. Congratulations! You’ve worshipped.
However, I have learned as a church-goer that sometimes worship is a choice, a hard choice. There are some seasons that are difficult and standing up and proclaiming who God is and choosing to believe that when all other evidences point to the contrary, that is when worship becomes a discipline.
When you are worn to your core. When you are weary. When you are in trial. Standing up and proclaiming how good He is can take more faith than you ever had to muster, but it’s necessary. It is vital to our hearts to turn ourselves over in worship to our Savior…
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
We often say that love is a choice. We choose to love others, even when the feeling may be absent. In that vein, faith is a choice. We won’t always feel the presence of God, but we can choose to move forward and walk in faith. Worship also falls into that category. Worship, is choosing to praise, choosing to bring our hearts and lay them down before our King, even when sometimes, we feel far from any type of throne room.
As worship leaders, realize the sacred work you are a part of, you are providing your community the opportunity to reinforce the character of who God to them. It can be difficult in some seasons, however at the same time the act of worshipping through the ups and downs of life is incredibly freeing.
“Yes, I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes, I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes I will”
Vertical Worship: Yes, I Will
The power to re-align a heart. To refocus a mind. To mend a soul. To facilitate restoration. Remember your position and be encouraged by it. You are leading your community in the discipline of reinforcing the truth of the God we serve, in all seasons and in all circumstances. Your community needs to remember how holy God is, and He has called you to show them.