Psalm 103:1 - Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
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One of my responsibilities in church ministry over the years, in differing churches and positions, has been to lead worship. Leading worship looks and sounds a little different today than it did a couple of decades back. The music style is different, the lighting is different, the overall flow of services are different. I remember the worship time in my grandfather’s country church back in the early 80’s. It consisted of a member standing in the front with the piano player, holding up the hymnal and telling the congregation which hymn to turn to, and that they were gonna sing verses 1, 2, & 4 - and they were gonna stand on the 4. It was simple, no flash, no fuss, just God’s people singing to Him.
Now, it’s like many churches have to have a full production with lights, media, full band, maybe even a little fog to help the mood. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, I actually prefer it, but worship doesn’t just happen in moments like these. Some feel like they can’t worship until everything is just right. But, that attitude is just wrong.
David, in Psalm 103, worships. He does so with no full production, with no fog, with no cheer leader coercing him to raise his hands. In fact, David is his own cheer leader when he says to himself, “Praise the Lord, O my soul!”, by remembering all He has done.
Whatever your style of music choice, whatever your fuss or flare, remember, you can worship God anywhere. You don’t need anything except a willing heart. Maybe you need to be like David today and tell yourself - Praise the Lord!