The other day I was talking with a friend who said, “My favorite part of worship is when the drums build into an exciting climax.” This is not an unfamiliar statement. I’ve heard similar comments like this before — you may have too. I love my friend and know he loves Jesus, but whenever I hear comments like this concerning worship it vexes my spirit.
Don’t misunderstand me. I love music. I love musical dynamics. In fact, music isn’t musical without dynamics. I believe God made us emotional beings. I believe that to strip ourselves of emotions when we worship God devalues who God created us to be. (Everything in balance of course.)
In part 1 of Meaningful Personal Worship we took some time to set the foundation for the importance of having a personal worship time. Before we can talk practical aspects of having a personal worship time, we need to know how vital it is to our journey with God. You can read the whole article here, but as a reminder I gave 5 reasons why we should have personal worship times.
Worship is the pathway to freedom
Worship is the pathway for the Holy Spirit into our lives
Worship crowds out doubt and releases vital faith
There is power when we sing
Our personal worship time will affect our corporate worship time
A few months ago I was asked to give a workshop on personal worship – what does it look like and how do I do it. We had some great discussions and many joined in with their own personal stories. One of the things I learned though, was no matter how old you are and how long you have been on your journey with God, it’s always good to circle back around to remind us how important our personal worship times are.
Before you can get into any practical aspects of personal worship, I think it’s best to set a foundation.