By Jenna Morris
Once I got to middle school, I started to truly worship God with songs, bands, and music in my room and at church. Though I was saved when I was in the 6th grade, I sometimes fail at worship by just going through the motions. I'm human, I'm sorry. I'll admit, I sometimes care too much about what people think of me when I worship. I also sometimes wait for specific songs to come on to "feel something."
The question is, Why do we worship? I mean really.. why?
We do not worship to "feel something." We do not worship solely for ourselves, or to get something out of it. We do not worship because we feel like it. We do not worship to only specific songs we know. Although worshiping God is definitely transformative.
I have to let you know that the Lord mends through worship. The Lord heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds, and uses worship to do so! God gives you ideas in worship, He gives you encouragement, and visions. Praising Him is so powerful, but we do not, under any circumstances do it for ourselves.
Why do we worship then? Guys, we worship the Lord because we celebrate all that He has done and all that He is going to do. We are joyful because He IS a good father. Guys, we are the sons and the daughters of Christ. Isn't it our job to come together and praise our Father's name?
Next question. How do we worship?
Everybody worships differently. Some like to worship more alone, some like to more with company. I've always had this annoying habit where I just slip into worship mode by the flick of a switch. It always feels awkward, because going into the Father's presence is a huge deal. We often "get used" to worship. You need to mentally prepare. You need to really process before you go into His powerful presence. Take your time.
When you worship, stop thinking about who is watching you and who isn't. Stop paying attention to what everyone else is doing. Remember you're worshiping for the Lord, and he doesn't care if your running around the room, throwing your hands up, or if your face flat on the ground. As long as you're doing it for His glory and if your hearts in the right place, it's showing life.
Honestly, it took me a long time to fully worship for God ONLY. At times, it can be challenging. Especially when you just rush into worship. The best advice I can give you is just worship whole heartedly. Submit everything to God when you worship. Praise him while you're hurting, praise Him while you're frustrated. Declare His good name when you worship.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.