New Latitudes of Gratitude- A Devotional

Please enjoy this devotional about worship from my brother-in-law who is a Worship Leader. He is also my very first Guest Contributor!

Being both a worship leader and being involved in worship for about eleven years now has given me the opportunity to observe worship from both these perspectives. I’ve been in services where I’ve been on my face worshiping God in sincerity, and ones where I was looking for the nearest red bull to wake me up.man worshipping
Speaking from experience, I know today’s worship leaders have a lot of pressure on them. They begin and often end the services. The mood of the sermon is often linked to how well the worship portion goes prior. With all these expectations that are placed on our worship teams and their leaders, we can get frustrated when we don’t have a radical encounter with Holy Spirit. Let’s examine the scriptures to find exactly how we are supposed to deal with mixed feelings on this topic.
I believe Jesus summed up how we should worship while speaking with the woman at the well: John 4:21 HCSB Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Here Jesus explains that worship shouldn’t be confined to the sanctuaries of our churches, but lived out in spirit and truth. It’s difficult to worship God without knowing how awesome He is through his Word (the Bible). On the other hand, truth without worshiping in spirit can be mundane and legalistic. The Pharisees knew the Word very well, and look how they turned out. “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! -Matthew 6:5 HCSB Be careful not to let the approval of man become the fuel to your flame during worship. Let Holy Spirit be that fuel so when we hear the Word, and know how awesome God is, our worship will not be confined to just Sunday morning worship. We can spend every day in His presence, and you will be able to see the difference.

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