If I’m writing about worship, you probably think I have a voice of an angel or that I’m the next Kari Jobe. Wrong. I can’t sing at all. I can sometimes carry a tune, but mainly sound like a bunch of dying animals. I know animals dying are sad. Don’t worry, no animals were injured during the writing of this blog.
Sometimes when listening to music with my earbuds in, I have to remind myself that I’m “in public” and not in my own personal safe singing space. But you know what? You can still worship God anywhere.
The church I grew up in had a women’s conference once a year. Each service would have great speakers and great worship. There was one particular night that a woman sat near a family member and throughout the night, she would randomly yell out, “Yeah, yeah, woooh!” when she connected with the speaker or song. It became comical at times, because we weren’t attending a sporting event where yelling and chanting were part of the game. We were in church. A place where we lift our hands and sway back and forth to the beat of the music. A place where we pray and thank God for his blessings.
This woman was doing nothing wrong. She wasn’t trying to bring attention to herself. She wasn’t trying to make a scene. She was coming before Him with gladness. She was singing His praises. Psalm 100:2 (NIV) says, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
One of my favorite memes shows different levels of raising hands in worship. The picture depicts four levels; there’s the Rookie, Intermediate, Pro, and Expert:
At the Rookie level, the person’s hands and arms are close to their body, like they’re carrying a TV. By the time they’ve reached Expert level, the hands are outstretched, like their favorite team just scored a touchdown! The levels are supposed to represent how comfortable we feel in God’s presence--how deep our connection is with Him.
While this meme is silly and just that--a meme, it’s still a funny depiction of how each of us worship. But do you know what’s great about God? He thankfully doesn’t judge us on how high our arms are raised or where they are placed. He simply just wants us to worship Him. He simply wants us to praise His name.
Psalm 103:1 (NIV) says, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”
God wants us to praise His name from our innermost being. He wants us to bring it all to Him. He wants us to lay down our burdens at His feet. He wants us to dive into our deepest darkest place and find Him. To worship Him. To connect with Him.
It doesn’t matter how you worship or when you worship. Just praise His holy name.