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Change Your Worship Language

August 12, 2013 7 Comments

If we take a serious look at the majority of our worship songs we will find that most of them are songs about God and not too God. 

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I love my wife. I truly am blessed and I married way above what I deserve. She does a lot of great things for me. She cooks me dinner, pays the bills, washes my clothes, takes care of kids and often will fix my lunch before I head off to work. (This is only a very minute portion of all that she does)

 So what would it be like if every day all I said to Janice was:  – ‘Thank you for fixing dinner.” “I really like they way you wash and fold my clothes.” “That lunch today was off the chain.”

  At some point she would begin to wonder if I loved her or just what she does for me.  Yet how often do we treat God this way?  What if God never blessed you? Would you still worship him? Is worship supposed to be about us or about God? (Tweet This)

 

We need to change our language of worship

  •  The majority of our worship language should be directed to God not just about him. (Tweet This) We need to tell him how much we love him and how we long to bring him glory. It is OK to remember the great things God has done for us, just don’t let that be the only language you use toward God. 

 

  •  We need to see worship as more than just singing. I love to sing but we are called to live a life of worship. Romans 12:1 calls us to be a living sacrifice. The Old Testament sacrifices were always considered a form of Worship. They could not partially sacrifice an animal. You either did it or you did not. We should not live our lives as a partial sacrifice of worship to God. (Tweet This)  We must learn to see and live ALL of our lives as worship. (Tweet This

 

 We have to sacrifice our own agendas and dreams to enter fully into the worship we are called too. (Tweet This) What a glorious worship that is!

 Let your prayer be that you can live a life of sacrifice that gives worship to God with all that you do. 

 

Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

 How do you need to change your language of worship?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • CheryGegelman

    Interesting post Jon.

    Immediately I thought of my favorite worship songs: Father’s Eyes, Go Light Your World, Amazing Grace – My Chains are Gone, Empty Me, Be Lifted High, God of this City, Whom Shall I Fear… The songs that I’ve played repeatedly for years, are all songs that are filled with truth, that speak of who God is, of how much He loves me of His purpose for my life.

    They are songs filled with vision of who I was created to be, songs that fill me with strength when I am weak, songs remind me of who He is, and what He’s done for me, songs that remind me to pray, remind me to choose faith, remind me to serve and remind me that this life I’m living is not about me.

    As I pondered your post and the songs I treasure, I agree that many times I’m focused on what I need, or on what He’s done for me, but I also wear out the songs that challenge me to become more like Him and me to become a living sacrifice.

    I wonder what your congregations favorite songs are and why they would say they are their favorites. Their answers might surprise you.

    • Hi Chery, thank you for taking time to comment. I did not intend to come across that one type of songs were bad and the other good. Songs to and about God are both valid. Many of David’s Psalms do both.

      Perhaps I should have titled it “expand” instead of “change”

      I feel God is drawing me more to worship of him for who he is and the post came out of my current experience.

      • Chery Gegelman

        Jon,

        Please know that your post immediately made me stop and think and not just for a few seconds, I thought about those songs, those lyrics, and what goes on in my heart. No matter how you titled the post, you got my attention, and gave me a reason to pause and reflect. THANK YOU!

        Chery

  • Amen! We should direct our praise and worship to God (one-on-one conversation) rather than worshiping about him. Thanks for this great reminder.