Good morning! As a writer for Crosswalk.com I get to expand a lot of my teachings on worship, which I love doing! Below is a snippet from my most recent article that you’ll find to be challenging and thought-provoking – which is a good thing! We want to always stay fresh in our relationship with the Lord and being challenged out of our old ways of thinking, out of our tightly-held habits and traditions and out of own desires is important to growth. Check out the article below and be blessed today! <3
“Is Your Favorite Church Song Really ‘Worship’?
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
It’s quite possible that you read the headline of this article and frowned a bit. Most people don’t like to have their worship preferences, let alone music at all, questioned. That’s okay! Because none of us ever want to slip into complacency or routine in our walk with the Lord. At some point or another, each of us can benefit from a thought-provoking question.
“Examine yourselves,” Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “seeing whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.”
It is a good (and even necessary practice) to examine what we watch, listen to, sing, read, and do. This is especially important in worship, however; because the words of worship are meaningful to God.
Music has an undeniable spiritual power and your words can speak life or create an emotional or spiritual atmosphere — for better or worse.
That being said, do you ever wonder if your favorite church song is really ‘worship?’
It’s important to make a distinction between what is worship and what is worshipful.
They are two different sides of the same coin; but they are definitely different! It’s completely understandable that people who are new in their faith, or haven’t explored the topic of worship more deeply, might misunderstand the Biblical definition and purpose of worship.
We all walk with the Lord at a different pace and every person catches revelation from the Holy Spirit at different times and in different ways. But every Christian should stay sharp by regularly taking time to evaluate what we’re hearing, receiving, being influenced by; and, yes, singing!