Last week I wrote about worship and my recent personal experiences with it. Been thinking about it some more, and here's what I know:
I know that worship is a lifestyle and not an event.
I know that when I lead others in worship, I should focus on and care about the God of my worship, and not the reaction of a congregation.
I know that this is hard because while I lead, I am on a stage.
I know that my purpose as a leader is not only to worship, but to help others do the same by meeting their needs as worshippers.
I know that the words I sing should be dedicated to the Lord, even when I don't feel close to Him.
I know that not feeling close to Him when I sing them does not mean I have failed in worshipping Him.
I know that worship doesn't always feel good. It is not always exciting.
I know that when it does feel good there's not a better feeling in the world.
I know that the movement of the Spirit in a congregation is impossible to judge in 20 minutes.
I know that the movement of the Spirit in a congregation is equal to the love they have for one another, not how loud they sing, or how much they clap or yell or smile.
I know that anything the Spirit does is in spite of myself.
I know that worship will not always look the same.
I know that you can market a worship CD, but not a worship experience.
I know that worship cannot be packaged and sold because it is not something I get, but something I give.