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 & effort? Do you sing the words in complete awareness of their meaning & mean itby singing with both your heart & mind?
It takes effort to truly worship. We can’t worship without putting all our strength, all our hearts & all our minds into the picture & 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 & 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) [Note: The word worship comes from the old English word WORTHship.]
What are the words to the chorus of the song I’m Forever Grateful?
I’m forever grateful to You, I’m forever grateful for the cross
I’m forever grateful to You – That You came to seek & save the lost.
Do you sing these words & mean them as you do? Do you sing them with gratitude that God sought you & sent Jesus, who died for you to save you?
What about the beloved hymn Amazing Grace? We may have sung it 1,000 times & 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?
This is a devotional I’ve worked up & am thinking of doing with our choir. Feel free to offer your own ideas, reflections & continuations of this. I’m also curious if any of you out there do devotionals with your worship teams or choirs? It would be wonderful if you would share! :)