Henry Ford probably never imagined his creation, the Model T automobile, as the world’s best sound studio. But that’s exactly what it’s become for those of us fortunate enough to live in a first world country.
If you’ve ever had the privilege of driving, you have no doubt experienced the complete freedom of singing at the top of our lungs inside the isolation of your mobile studio. Within this state-of-the-art space, you’re able to strike the perfect balance between your vocal and the accompanying band. Add in the rolling scenery that plays like a music video for our song, and you have the ultimate environment for the performance of a lifetime.
This past Sunday, Chris spoke about Environments of Worship, and we set out to answer two questions: What is worship? and How do we worship?
What is worship?
Simply stated, the answer to question #1 is to value God above all things. Additionally, worship is both an outward act and an inward attitude. Both are equally important and both have the power to influence the other. For example, sometimes life is good and our attitude is such that we find it easy to offer worship to God. But other times, we feel overwhelmed by life circumstances and we walk into Sunday services with a negative attitude, so the simple act of singing, or closing our eyes, or raising our hands, is challenging to say the least. However, when we actively participate in worship with others, despite how difficult it feels, our attitudes often change as we encounter God’s Holy Spirit. We feel encouraged as we acknowledge God’s greatness through our praise and worship.
How do we worship?
John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth…God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The two key words from the passage are Spirit: the right valuing of who God is; and Truth: the right understanding of who God is. So as we grow in our knowledge of who God is, our hearts are more inclined to worship Him at any place and under any circumstance. Similarly, our carpool karaoke experiences are great because we’ve connected with a lyric or song riff, in such a way that we can’t help singing out loud, regardless of our circumstances.
So what can we do to take full advantage of our worship time each week?
- Come to church
We have platforms to experience messages online, but there’s something special about joining others in corporate worship on campus (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42).
Ideally, you’ll have time before leaving your house on Sunday mornings. But even a simple prayer as you come to your seat in the Worship Center will help prepare your heart and head to encounter God.
Sing like you’re in your car!
J Nicholson is Worship Pastor at New Charlotte. His passion for singing is closely matched by his passion for running long distances and eating chocolate. He is most passionate about his lovely wife Leslie, and their three (practically) grown sons.