One thing I constantly tell the worship team I lead is that worship should not be limited to the stage. In other words, a personal worship time with Christ is essential in developing a stronger relationship with Him. The one thing that most Christians desire is to be closer to God. This only comes through time spent with Him.
When the amps are cranked, the drums are crashing, and the lights are shining down, it is easy to worship God. Everytime I step up on stage to lead worship, I always make sure my heart is right. Although I love worshiping corporately, I also enjoy worshiping God privately. In fact, the closest times that I have been with God are when I have been able to worship Him with no distractions.
Recently, I have been praying a lot about a song that I believe God has wanted me to introduce on a worship night soon. I wrote most of the lyrics almost a year ago, but I just finished the rest of the bridge and the final melody last week. This song was created through my private worship time with God. The message of the song talk about how we can build up walls that get in the way of our relationship with Christ. It is basically an anthem for allowing Christ to take it all. I will be sharing more about it very soon! So often, many individuals stop at the corporate worship. It never goes beyond that surface. The freedom that can be experienced through personal worship time with God is amazing.
I like the promise that is made in James:
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
It is great to know that when we make an effort to draw closer to God, He will meet us there! I am so thankful for the opportunity to worship the King of the universe corporately with other believers and alone. No matter what situation you are in, you can worship God.
Challenge: Spend time worshipping God personally. When your heart is already in tune with God, it makes it so much better when God’s children come together to worship! God can do amazing things when His children come together with the same goal in mind.
How can you spend time personally worshipping God today?