Today I’m sharing an article I recently wrote that was just published on Crosswalk.com called, “Is Private or Public Worship Better for Spiritual Growth”? Living a life of spiritual balance is important so every believer so we can always stand on and fight from level ground and worship is no different. Are you worshipping the Lord from a balanced place?
(Don’t forget to get a copy of “The Way of the Worshipper” original book with full worship concordance and the devotional study guide here!)
[Note: Below is the introduction to the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
This spiritual connection you have with the Spirit of God through worship is a weapon of warfare and a way maker (Psalm 50:23)—and it attracts the Father who is seeking such worshippers (John 4:23)—but it is also the most spiritually attacked point of connection with God. Why? Because Satan knows the real power of praise even better than the people of God!
Think about it: If having a private life of spiritual preparation, prayer, and maintaining a vital, living connection with the Spirit of God in worship were the only thing it would take to win every single battle you’d ever face in your whole life, ever, you’d do it, right?? You’d build your whole life around it. Everyone would.
In terms of public worship, even the world’s wisdom will tell you there’s power in numbers. “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25) Paul said that together we should teach and exhort “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) David wrote, “One generation shall praise Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4)
So, worshipping together is an incredibly important part of the balance of the life of faith. Yet, while most people are comfortable with reading the Bible and praying together, but worship is different. Why is that? People are sometimes less comfortable expressing themselves in worship when others are around than they are worshipping alone.
- Does that matter to the Lord?
- Does it matter to the enemy?
- Does it matter for your spiritual development and growth?
Is one “better” or more spiritually beneficial than the other….?