Wednesday, July 25

faithisms: jami meredith

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Hi! I'm Jami and I blog over at Call Me Blessed.

Today we are talking about worship.

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."
Isaiah 12:4-6

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Are you a hand raiser? Not a hand raiser? Do you sing loudly or just silently mouth the words?
What about serving or tithing? Are those forms of worship?
People get hung up on these issues don't they?
Whether you are part of a charismatic church or a more conservative church there is definitely a misconception that there is a "right" way to worship.

I know this because I am part of the worship team at my church. Being a part of this amazing ministry has taught me two things.

First, worship is not about our performance. It is about His greatness. I was terrified for years to sing in front of anyone. I was terrified because I was focused on me, not on Him. How do I sound, how do I look, do they like this song? 
Here's the truth...
We were created to glorify God. We worship to be reminded of His love and faithfulness. To be reminded that through Him all things are possible. We worship as a response to all He has done for us. Not for entertainment.
Our worship should be a natural and genuine expression of the love and gratefulness we feel for Jesus Christ. And if we are walking in God's truth, we have a lot to be grateful for.

Second, I have learned that people can get hung up on the details. Should church worship be only hymns set to an organ? Should it be contemporary christian music with all the bells and whistles? Maybe a combination?

Of course we all have preferences but I believe God can be found in all of these. I believe that because scripture says God looks at the heart.

"The Lord does not look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

1 Samuel 16:7b

What God desires is for us to worship Him in truth, out of the fullness of our hearts.

My heart is that we stop worrying about what we look like when we we worship. That we would stop worrying about who might be watching us. I wish we would stop leaving comment cards in our churches with our opinion on a specific song or stating the "drums are too loud".

My heart is that we would begin worshiping the One who had set us free. Worship the One who gave everything for us. We can worship at church with 300 other people or alone in our bedrooms. Or if you're like me, very loudly in your car. It can all be glorifying to God and it can all be worship.

I don't believe God cares whether I'm singing Amazing Grace or Cielo. I believe He wants my whole heart, focused on Him. In my singing, when I'm teaching Sunday school, in my finances...in my living.

I pray that every word and deed would be an act of worship to the one true God. An outpouring of gratitude for the new life He has given me through Jesus.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Colossians 3:17

6 comments:

  1. first, i need to let you know i just almost died because i thought you were talking about CEE-LO Green. it's wayyyy to early to be commenting. secondly, i love you and your heart. you are so right. it's all about Him. #forgetyou #goingbacktosleep

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  2. love this, amen!!
    and i SO miss corporate worship.
    thanks for sharing, jami! xo

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  3. Thank you for sharing. Worship in the car is something I should do more. Love. :)

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

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  4. such a great reminder. it is all about Jesus! love you friend. xo

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  5. I have recently started singing with the "worship team" at my church and have (and continue to) wrestle with #1. I completely agree with you! My flesh puts up a powerful fight sometimes - but when I focus on Him everything else fades away. Thank you for sharing and making me feel less crazy :)

    Oh, and worship in the car is my FAVORITE!

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