PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 96
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Declare his glory among the nations…” (Psalm 96:3)
The glory of God is the shining brilliance of who God is and what God does.
The GREATNESS and the GOODNESS of God is the content of our worship.
We experience God’s greatness and goodness in our lives!
We express our wonder or joy or hope or love with words of praise!
Have we replaced the experience of God with the experience of worship?
Are we moved (or not) by the music, emotion or experience of singing together?
Do we come to church with hearts full of worship, or to be inspired to worship.
I believe that personal experience and response is the basis of true worship.
We experience God through the week, and we overflow with praise when we meet.
Singing together is one way to express our response to God’s glory.
But so is speaking together, declaring to each other how we’ve experienced God.
I suspect many Sunday singers would struggle to praise God in their own words.
If we didn’t sing at church, how much declaring of God’s glory would there be?
Am I busting with praise like this psalmist, eager to declare God’s glory?
Lord, forgive us for worshiping worship, and not worshiping you! May we experience your greatness and goodness in wonderful, personal ways and may we overflow with authentic, personal praise!