Posted By Dustin Chappell || Worship & Communications pastor
I always feel a little humbled when I’m asked to write or talk about worship because so much has been said, in ways more eloquent than I could ever muster, about its meaning, purpose, and value. Scripture tells us that worship should be joyful (1 Chron. 16:27), sacrificial (Rom. 12:1), obedient (1 Sam. 15:22), edifying (Ps. 29:11) and identifying (Ps. 100:3). But, as we prepare to host a Night of Worship this weekend, I want to address one of its aspects from which we often tend to shy away.
Worship is awkward.
Now, before you rush to grab your Bible and point all of the ways in which my statement might feel sacrilegious – stick with me for a moment. Think about what we do on a Sunday morning. In what other environments do you find yourself regularly joining a chorus of voices around you in song? To me the list seems pretty short – during the National Anthem at a sporting event, at a concert for one of your favorite artists, perhaps when you join some friends for karaoke. And, really, most of us are not really singing to anyone in those situations, as much as we’re engaging in what everyone around us is doing. So, when you show up on a Sunday morning, especially if you are not a regular churchgoer, and some guy on stage asks to you to start singing (and even worse, clap your hands), it might feel a little weird. Let’s move onto controversial statement #2.
It’s okay for it to feel a little weird.
You may not enjoy singing. You may not want the person next to you to hear how painful choir felt to you in high school. You want to leave the singing up to others. That’s okay. BUT – and here’s the point of all this. You songs aren’t what honors God – even the Bible says so (Is. 29:13). The posture of your heart, and your willingness to vulnerably engage the awkwardness you might feel by singing in public is what God is after. I know, that may feel easy for me to say as a Worship Pastor, but it’s not. I hate engaging what feels awkward to me. I hate being asked to do something that feels silly. But the presence of God changes things in a way that seems to render that feeling irrelevant. When I allow the truth of His Word and the peace of His Spirit to speak to me, it’s like nothing around me matters. If this sounds a little weird to you, it’s okay. On the surface, it may feel a little awkward. But when you push past that feeling and choose to engage the grace and love that only God can offer you – you’ll find a peace and acceptance for which even the most awkward of feelings is no match.