In Christian circles we use the word “worship” to often refer to the twenty or so minutes we spend on Sunday morning singing songs.
Depending on the church you attend the music may be very formal with hymn books, organ and perhaps a choir. It may consist of words projected overhead on a screen with guitars, drums and a small group of singers leading.
You may sing hymns written hundred of years ago by Charles Wesley, Fanny Crosby or Isaac Watts. You may sing contemporary songs written by Chris Tomlin, Michael W Smith or Darlene Zschech.
It is amazing how churches have been divided by the style of music played on Sunday morning. I have shared some thoughts on that subject in the past.
But worship is much more than that. Realizing that is important if we are to grow in the Lord for only twenty or so minutes once a week is not enough to keep strong the bond with us and Jesus.
Still, I find those twenty minutes on Sunday morning are such a blessing to me. First, it is encouraging to sing with fellow believers and hear their voices raised with mine declaring our faith and God’s goodness.
This Sunday I was reminded how important the sense of community really is and my heart was so encouraged. I try to stay focus on the music and the words and keep my attention on the Lord. But I noticed a young family worshiping across the aisle from where I sat. They are a young couple with a small child. What a joy it was to me when I saw this young couple clearly focused on worshiping God as the father held their little daughter. What an encouragement to know we still have young families loving and serving God.
I am also amazed how many times when the choice of songs seem to speak directly to me. Songs of joy and praise when I come to church and everything is going great in my life. Songs of encouragement when my week has been stressful.
Right now I am in a physical struggle facing possible surgery and dealing with pain that I have experienced now almost four years. Pain that is only getting worse. The worship leader who chose the songs did not know that but it was as if he had read my mind and picked songs just for me.
These songs have reminded how God has always been there for me – and I will be playing these songs over and over in the weeks to come.
Hope you might take time to listen to these songs also and let them encourage you.