by Ariel Douglas (22 October 2014)


Worship is more than singing pretty

Worship isn't an impression

It's not a popularity contest

And it SURE isn't American Idol

It's not a competition for who can stand the straightest

Or for the best dressed

It's not to see who can gain the most compliments from those around

It's not about being talented, pretty, or cool

It's about God: Worship

The very essence of the word

Worship: reverence for the Sacred,

Devotion, to revere the worshiped One

But what defines true worship?

Complete abandonment of sanity?

Or stiff-unmoving monotonous singing?

Is it somewhere in the middle?

(IS there even middle ground between the two?)

I find my true state of worship when I no longer care

I don't care if my voice cracks or if I'm on key

I don't care that legalists stare when my body moves

I don't care that I sound silly messing up the lyrics

Heck, sometimes I make up my own

When I worship I do not care about any opinion but one

And He says make a joyful noise

He says dance in praise through the streets

He never says "You must be beautiful"

He says "You are fearfully and wonderfully made"

He never says "Don't squawl at me"

He says "With a loud voice send your praise to heaven"

He never says "Stand still, you're making me dizzy with all that moving"

He says "Be joyful always for I will never leave you"

True worship is praising Him

For who He is and what He's done

Not for what YOU think I should be


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