This is my favorite chapter in this whole book so far! I LOVE to worship! All of my Facebook friends have to endure my worship on my page… I go to youtube when the Spirit moves me and I type in one of my favorite Christian Contemporary groups/singers. It could be Chris Tomlin… Paul Baloche…. 10th Avenue North… Hillsong…. Mercy Me…. I pick one of their songs…and of course, as I am listening to it, there in the right sidebar is a listing of MORE songs that I love! So I link the one I am listening to on my Facebook page, and I am off!
Music is my way to worship. Being a musician myself, not only does the music move me, I love listening to the words. I hear God speaking to me, reminding me of things that I have forgotten. When I am awakened at night by a bad dream, I start singing praise songs in my head to calm me down. When I am at work feeling especially stressed out about something, I open a window on my computer and start Pandora on a Christian contemporary page. It has such a calming, soothing effect. At work, I probably drive people nuts going around singing praise songs out of the blue. But it’s my way to worship. I love to worship with music.
I liked the comment Stormie made “When I praised and worshiped God, it was like being hooked up to a spiritual IV.” – YES! That is exactly how I feel. Everything melts away… anxiety … GONE. fear… GONE. confusion … GONE. worry … you got it! GONE!
We have just recently started attending a new church. One of the first things my husband and I noticed was that the worship leader chose songs….sometimes really old praise songs… but the congregation was singing it. Not just singing… belting out songs. “Heart of Worship” … have you ever heard 200 people singing it in a small worship center before the sermon? We’ve been to churches where some people sing, but most just stand there… totally unmoved. This new church … it’s invigorating to be among 200 people who are singing praises to the Lord corporately. It’s really moving.
So, I will leave you with one of my favorite songs that I start one of my Facebook “worship services” with. It always reminds me that God is so much bigger than me, and I am so small … I am so unworthy, but he believes I am so worth it. It is so overwhelming to realize at what great lengths God will go for me. I am blessed.
Hope this takes you on a “Facebook worship session”… or just hang out on youtube and listen.