“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20
There is a difference between a group of people who are singing a song and a group of people who are worshipping the one true God. Paul explains this difference simply in Ephesians with the phrases “to the Lord” and “with your heart.” The difference between singing and worship is not the words of a song or the riffs on a guitar, but the heart of the one lifting their voice and who they lift it to. True worship comes from a willingness to know God’s love, an expectancy of His presence, and a gratitude for all His goodness. The greatest worship pours out from not only the mouth, but from a heart that longs for God Himself.
We worship in song, with hands raise high, to acknowledge the worthiness of God and to exalt Him as the holy.
We worship together to remind each other to keep our eyes on Jesus; to fight the fight of faith together.
Hands raised despite the circumstances, a voice that cries out to God with praise and authenticity; these will build up the body of Christ to carry on another day. There is power in acknowledging the goodness of God together, and with corporate worship we do just that. We come to a setting of worship beat down, and often leave lifted up and encouraged to keep the flame of faith bring.
Encountering God in worship revives our hearts and keeps us singing.
Authentic faith longs for authentic worship.
Singing out does far more than make noise when our voices come from pure hearts directed toward our righteous Savior. Singing out shows the evidence of hearts that are unashamed, hearts that want to declare the greatness of God. Singing out joins in with the heavens, proclaiming a Kingdom that is now and not yet, proclaiming the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
“And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, the song of the Lamb, saying,
‘Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteousness acts have been revealed.”
With worship we get the chance to join in with the hosts of heaven and sing of the victory of the Lord. Victory that is now because of the cross and not yet because of the coming renewal of all things. We get to have confidence in the Lord as overcomer, now and int he future.
Join in. Sing loud. See God face to face.