Worship is one of the most powerful and effective spiritual weapons that you’ve been given to help you as your journey through this life. One of the many aspects that empowers worship is that true praise and worship are God-focused, not “me”-focused. That may sound simplistic, but it’s really not! Take a minute today and think about your top five favorite worship songs and really consider the lyrics – who is the song singing to? Who is the song singing about more- our experience with God or God Himself? Do the words sing to God or about God? Do the lyrics focus more on concepts about God (“freedom”, “blessings”, “miracles”) or on the Person of God who brings those things?
These are crucially important points of examination for every Christian because not every song that is about God is worship! Idolatry is one of the pervasive, infectious and subtle plagues within the church today- but can be tough to spot unless you constantly evaluate yourself, your worship, your actions and everything else against the light of the Word of God. Satan is wicked, but he isn’t stupid. One of the best ways to weaken people’s faith and stunt their spiritual growth is by trying to refocus our attention away from God and onto ourselves, or through theological inaccuracies or vague spiritual concepts in worship- and it works! [Read this next: “The Zeal of the Lord Will Perform This”]
In John 3:14-15 Jesus said made this interesting statement that confounded the Jews: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but may have eternal life.”
Later He said this, “…if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:32)
When we worship, we lift ourselves up to Him as we remember that Jesus Christ was already “lifted up” for the ultimate healing of every who chooses to receive it – our salvation!
In terms of worship, these two statements are extremely powerful because they show us that Jesus Christ already was lifted up! The reason why our worship must be firmly rooted in the Word of God and must always testify of Jesus Christ is because He was “lifted up” on the cross! In the desert, when Moses lifted up the bronze serpent on the pole (Numbers ch. 21), it was for the healing of the people. It’s the same reason Jesus Christ was lifted up on the cross- our spiritual healing, our emotional healing, our physical healing, healing in our marriages and healing in our relationships. When we worship, we lift ourselves up to Him as we remember that Jesus Christ was already “lifted up” for the ultimate healing of every who chooses to receive it – our salvation!
Thought for today
As Christians, we must be very thoughtful and intentional about what we sing in our worship because only when we testify of Jesus Christ that our worship has any real power- and it’s not because of us- it’s because of Him! The power of His blood still testifies today- and we must do the same! We can take the time to exhort, encourage and testify in our worship, but it cannot stop there! There must always be time in worship to acknowledge what Jesus Christ did when He was lifted up on the cross and to worship the Lord for the true miracle was performed- our salvation!
There is nothing wrong with evaluating and examining what you’re singing when you want to worship the Lord- it’s necessary and important! As part of your devotions, take the time to look at 3-5 worship songs you love and if they aren’t true worship, ask the Lord to reveal to you some fresh worship that you can use to extol Him for being willing to be “lifted high” for you!!
[Hey! If you would like to dig more deeply into your own worship and explore your “why”, and have a much more personalized experience in your spiritual journey in worship, I encourage you to pick up a copy of “The Way of the Worshipper Devotional Workbook“, which was written to be used along with “The Way of the Worshipper” to continue your journey!]