|Psalm 63:3 – “So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim with praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.”|
Differing styles of worship seem to be a common conflict within today’s church. Whether by singing traditional hymns or more contemporary songs, everyone seems to worship in a different fashion or volume. Personally, I prefer more traditional hymns and a respectful environment, but I know that is not for everyone. Our verse above doesn’t tell us how to worship, just that we should. Whether singing softly or loudly, our lips can still joyfully sing God’s praises. And whether my arms are raised toward heaven or folded in my lap, my worship no more or less meaningful or acceptable to him.
Don’t let others make you feel uncomfortable worshiping in the way that is most meaningful for you. Sing, clap, and lift your hands if you wish, or close your eyes and let a silent tear of thankfulness slip down your cheek. God sees you and knows what is in your heart. He just wants you to be genuine as you worship him.
Prayer: Dear Father, you are worthy of our praise Help me be more understanding of differing styles and preferences, and not to impress my methods too strongly on others. You see my heart and my love for you. Amen