The greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27.)
How does this relate to worshiping through singing? Do you love the Lord when you sing to or about Him? Do you give God musical praise with all your strength and effort? Do you sing the words in complete awareness of their meaning and mean it by singing with both your heart and mind?
It takes effort to truly worship. We can’t worship without putting all our strength, all our hearts and all our minds into the picture and expect it to be meaningful to God.
Paul said in the second half of 1 Corinthians 14:15:
“…I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.“
How much worth do you give to God in worship? There is no worth in worship if our heart and mind aren’t in it. If our mind is not involved, then how can we worship in truth or in spirit? (John 4:23-24) The word “worship” comes from the old English word “worthship.”
What about the beloved hymn Amazing Grace? We may have sung it 1,000 times and know every verse in memory, yet never truly engaged our minds as we sang the words:
Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
Is God’s grace amazing to you? Is it a sweet sound? Do you sing the words with meaning, in thanksgiving to Him for loving you so much that He saved you?