Worship and worship music is a huge part of my expression of joy, thankfulness, faith, and love of God. I enjoy different kinds of worship music, listen almost exclusively to contemporary Christian radio in my car (89.3 KSBJ), and sing in the choir at my church. I often feel the closest connection to God and His peace and love in my times of worship. Many tears of both joy and heartbreak have fallen during my worship time. Only He really knows everything we’ve been through. But, I almost always feel a deep sense of peace after a pure time of worship when I didn’t hold anything back. To me, worshipping through music is pouring out your heart to God through the songs and acknowledging Him as Lord. Then, feeling His responsiveness and connecting to it. It blesses my soul.
When I first joined my church in 2001, the song I recall getting me “hooked” on contemporary worship music was “You Are Good” by Isreal Houghton. Do you know it? We actually just sang it again two weeks ago and it’s as good as I remember. It’s really upbeat and FUN! Gets you moving and dancing and just celebrating the genuine goodness of God. Did you know that worship music could sound like that and that some people dance and jump at church? I didn’t.
Here’s a video of Isreal and his band New Breed signing You Are Good and Rejoice in South Africa.
Certain songs in life just take you back- they don’t even have to be Christian songs- to a certain time in life and you can almost taste the experience. I vividly remember how I felt as a “baby Christian” going to church regularly for the first time as an adult, completely ignorant of Christian music and definitely feeling a little . . . weird about even hearing lyrics like, “I worship you Almighty God, there is none like you.” And I felt really out of place because I didn’t know any of those songs. I was more familiar with My Love Don’t Cost a Thing (it was 2001 after all). At church, I was self conscious and awkwardly clapped my hands to the beat of the music, but my mouth was shut tight.
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Slowly over time, as I continued to show up on Sunday mornings, the songs became familiar. I bought our church worship CD (or maybe it was given to me?) and started listening to it in the car. At church, I looked forward to my “favorite” songs being played. It wasn’t long before I knew ALL the words and was sining in my car. Then, the girl who used to keep her mouth shut, auditioned for the choir. When I look back now, I realize I didn’t need to feel self-conscious about not knowing the songs (I doubt anyone even cared or noticed). We all start somewhere in our walk with God. What matters is just starting and knowing that HE IS GOOD!
Do you have a favorite worship song?
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