“The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”- Isaiah 29:13
Coming to the altar is not always a mountain top experience when it is time for worship at church. There are plenty of excuses to justify our lack of praise and heartfelt worship to God. That college football game went late (insert copious amounts of other reasons one says he or she is tired) and enough sleep just didn’t happen. The worship song choices this morning just are not something that personally vibes with the listener. While the service is going on was in fact the only time that I had to make a list of what I needed to get done today. That text message or social media truly was more pressing than time with God. So what’s your praising excuse?
It’s pragmatically important to know what distracts you from worship so you can be ready to avoid that temptation. Culturally we are just busy people. We cram so much in that sometimes we can only manage to go through the motions. On a Sunday morning you may manage to make it to church on time. Your lips may be moving but are you worshiping?
So what do you do when you don’t feel like worshiping? Here are four things to do on days when you find yourself spiritually not ready to enter into worship.
Just because the music has started does not mean you have to be singing. Take a moment and sit down or pray right where you are standing. This is a chance to COMMIT your time in worship to God. Give up anything that may be distracting you and intercede for yourself to enter into worship.
Meditate on the Lyrics
Worship is not always going to be about if you personally vibe with a worship song or hymn. Obviously there is place for the songs that truly speak to you in some or all seasons of life. However not liking a song is just that, an excuse. It helps me when I don’t know a song to read the lyrics and use them as a prayer. To meditate on how the song speaks into my life. Then I enter into worship singing the song after meditating on the lyrics.
Be Authentically You
Raising hands in worship and getting on your knees does not mean someone is more deeply connected to God than you in a moment of worship. On the other hand just because everyone else is stoically standing does mean you cannot unashamedly worship in whatever way the spirit is leading you. God knows the intentions of each individual’s heart. Worship in the way that is authentic to you and your relationship with God.
Seek God out of your Comfort Zone
Its ok to know what worship style is authentic to you. However sometimes we worship a certain way because we think it is what is acceptable to those around us. One of the greatest mistakes you can do is to allow others to effect you having a deeper connection with God. If you feel the Spirit leading to lift your hands, to kneel, or even to dance, never let the fear of what others will think of you keep you from worshiping outside the “comfort zone” of social norms. No person is worth dulling what the spirit is leading you to do when entering into worship with God.