Thursday, July 22, 2010

Feelings Verses Faithfulness in Worship

Seems like a lot of people consider “feelings” to be the primary motivation for everything they do. If they feel like doing something, they’ll go for it. On the flipside, if they don’t “feel it” they won’t do it.

This mindset holds true when it comes to our approach to church attendance, worship, and living the surrendered life. For instance, if we get into a worship service one Sunday and just don’t “feel it,” it’s easy to clock out spiritually and do nothing. We can justify that behavior by telling ourselves that we’ll wait until they play a song that “moves me,” or the preacher says something I’ve never heard before. Or we can simply opt out of the service until next week when we’ll hopefully be in a better mood. But this way of thinking reflects a major misunderstanding of what authentic worship really is…..

By Him therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name (Hebrews 13:15 KJV)

God says we are to offer Him a “sacrifice” of praise and that we are to do it “continually.” This means we offer worship whether we feel like it or not. Mood, favorite songs, frame of mind, or flavor of church service have nothing to do with it either. It’s about faithfulness –otherwise it wouldn’t be a sacrifice.

Your praises filtered through your feelings is not the criteria for engaging yourself in worship. Your faithful obedience is what pulls the trigger. Even if you’re not “feeling it,” offer the sacrifice of praise anyway. Put your feelings in their place and make them catch up to your faithfulness.

1 comment:

Cathy said...

Amen, Ronnie! Our worship and praise shouldn't be based upon our feelings or circumstances...we should worship in spite of how we feel or what our circumstances are.