Isn't it incredible...
...that as we now gather in our homes, we can still lift our voices as one body of believers in gratitude and praise to God? No matter your circumstance that brings you to joining us online, we are very grateful that we can lift our song of praise to our God and creator together.
For some of us, this may seem a little out of our normal routine, and so here are some suggestions:
- Get ready. Just like you have to get ready when coming to a building, do it for this too. I’m not talking about what you’re wearing, that’s up to you. I’m talking about your attitude. When we begin worshiping together, come ready to hear from Jesus. Approach this time, wherever you are, as a time that you will meet with Jesus. I challenge you to see what happens. Come expecting.
- It’s not about the position of your body, but the position of your heart. Sit, stand, pace...you have freedom to worship Jesus how you feel comfortable. You might notice that we stand in the video. I’m more comfortable standing, plus, it means I can breathe deeper.
- Although it may seem a little uncomfortable, sing out loud. When we’re all together it’s such an encouragement to those around you to hear you lifting your voice, even through the trials and hard times life can throw at you. How much more in your living room do those around you need to hear your encouragement of faith that you can still praise and thank your amazing God even in times that keep you home. Now you may be saying, “but I live alone, so this doesn’t apply to me.” Nope, you need encouraging too! We all do! When we lift our praise to God, even when things aren’t perfect, we are also saying, “God I trust that you’ve got this right now.”
- Encourage those around you to sing too. You may be thinking, “but I can’t carry a tune in a bucket!” Psalm 100 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” If you’re a parent, your kids know the weight you’re carrying. However, when they see you lifting your voice, unashamed and praising God in spite of all that is going on around you, it will exemplify faith and joy to them. Lifting our voices also reminds us of God’s faithfulness, and it gets our minds and thoughts off of our current situations.
In John 4, Jesus talks about how the Father is spirit. When we all gather together in one room, we lifted our voices as one voice to give our gratitude and praise back to Jesus. We can feel the Holy Spirit moving! If we are believing what Jesus said, that the Father is spirit, then we believe that He is not bound by the walls of a building or a room. He’s in your living room, and her living room, and his living room and my living room! So let us approach our time of worship as one body, all united to praise and glorify our great God!