When Worship is NOT Worship

Worship is basically an act of giving honor and glory to God for who He is or what He has done, for all of His and Its worth. However, not all acts of worship is really worship. I myself have been guilty of false worship at times.

One, my guilt of being a hypocrite worshipper. It is the greatest punishment of all that I have experienced. Whenever I know that deep inside me I am rebellious against God or that I willingly sin, then my conscience will really go hard against me. Worse is the pain that the Holy Spirit gives me as He is grieved. But those pains, especially the one coming from the Holy Spirit is for my good working towards my repentance.

Matthew 15:8 (KJV) This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Second, coming to worship knowing that someone has something against me. With my relationship with others destroyed, I really find it hard to worship God. In fact, it is impossible.

Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

God demands holiness in His children, especially during times of sacred worship, individually or as a Church. Worship is a blessed act of reverent adoration to the God whose Holiness is in a class of its own. Therefore, worshipping Him with unclean hearts and hands is not acceptable.

How to Sing Well

I am not a good singer, but earlier this afternoon I heard my voice singing wonderfully. Not because I was able to sing well, but because I put my heart on it. The singing heart made the difference.

As I was singing in the church practicing for next week’s worship service, at first I could not control my voice. I was nervous and feeling uneasy. But our mentor guided us to be natural. I was trying very hard to raise my pitch, but he told me my job was not to change my pitch, but just to be natural – and fill it with emotions.

I took that by heart and tried to relieve the tension. I also determined to myself to worship God and not to practice. Within a few minutes, I was able to sing rightly. I began to use my voice and my spirit.

Next Sunday will be different – it will be the real thing – but may God give me the heart to worship Him with all my heart. With that, I know my voice would follow naturally.