Imperfect Worship

Nick Nieblas

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him."  Romans 12:1 (NLT)

As a worship leader, I find that at times I can be a less than perfect worshipper.  I’m not very good at multi-tasking, but my mind thinks it is.  While leading a congregation, I have a multitude of thoughts racing through my head that push the actual purpose of me being there out of my mind.  Did someone in the band just hit a wrong note?  Why does my guitar sound funny?  Where are my singers? Did they miss their cue?  Am I moving around too much?  Not enough?  Are people worshipping?

You could go crazy trying to herd all of those thoughts into something manageable.  Even when I am not on the platform, I continue to have a hard time engaging in worship.  While I am being led in worship, my mind often goes to:  What kind of guitar is that? Was that vocal a little pitchy?  The bass isn’t loud enough… Where are the guitars?!  Are people worshipping?

Often enough, it is difficult to step outside of my own worries, preferences, motivations and hang-ups to enter the throne room of God and enjoy the intimacy I have with the Creator of the universe.  When you enter into musical times of worship, your mind might do the same thing that mine does.  You might be thinking about where you’re going to go to lunch after church, or how many errands need to be done before the end of the day.  Your mind might think “I don’t like my voice very much”, or “this person next to me is taking the joyful noise scripture literally”.

Whereever our mind goes when we are given an opportunity to worship and connect with God, if we drift away from the awe and reverence of Him, at those times we need to take a moment and repent and renew our focus and understand our purpose yet again; the purpose of worship.  We are gathered with millions of other believers all over the world; to worship the One who is worthy.  We may only get this opportunity once a week for 90 minutes, but we need to embrace it, push aside the worries of the world and connect with the Almighty God and praise Him for what He has done.

When we can push past our insecurities, preferences and shortcomings and truly engage on Sunday, we get a glimpse of what a life of worship can truly look like when you are deep within an intimate relationship with the God who knew you before You were knit together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

How often does your worship look like this?


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