During my childhood years, I loved singing. I was invited to join the church children’s choir. If asked whether I understood what I was singing, my answer would have been: No, I don’t think so.

As I entered my teenage years, I continued singing and became a backup singer for the youth worship team. Looking back, I realize I hoped to be noticed unconsciously. I preferred singing songs with a fast tempo. I was taught about praise and worship, but I struggled to “feel God.”

Later on, I started leading church worship when no one else was available. I seized the opportunity to lead and eventually solidify my position in the worship team. At that time, my focus was on learning leadership and leading people in singing uplifting or songs of praise.

Worship extends beyond the songs we sing or lead. It is our response to God’s character.

What is worship? Worship is “treasuring God above all things.” What does it mean to treasure God above all things? Personally, I understand it as prioritizing God over ourselves and surrendering to His authority. Surrendering to His authority cultivates a teachable and humble heart.

Matthew 15:8-9 reads:

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules

A pastor once said, “The essence of worship lies in the heart’s response to the understanding of God in the mind, where the mind rightly perceives and the heart truly values God.”

For our reflection:

  • We can attend weekly Sunday worship as Christians, yet fail to truly worship God.
  • We can lead Sunday worship as Christians, yet merely perform our duties.

Therefore, what matters for us as worshippers of God is:

  • As we worship our Living God, our spirits are refreshed and renewed.
  • As we worship our Living God, we redirect our focus to the Almighty.
  • As we worship our Living God, we rest assured knowing He is with us and in control.

Brothers and Sisters,
Let us remember that worshipping God leads to a disciplined life and spiritual growth, encompassing our mental and emotional states. A true worshipper navigates the darkest moments empowered by the Holy Spirit.

May the name of the Lord be glorified always.