Psalm 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
The Bible teaches us that worship is our way to give thanks and praise to God. It is an important part of our relationship with Him. Worship can be both public and private, and everyone has their own way to worship. We can worship God through song, dance, lifting our hands, or any number of other ways. No matter how we express our worship, God receives it and loves it.
Imagine walking into a church filled with praise and worship, people are raising their hands in the air, crying, laughing, and falling to the ground trance-like. You have never seen or experienced this before, so you’re embarrassed and unsure how to act. I had this experience the first time I visited a Pentecostal church. I felt uncomfortable and out of place. I grew up going to a fairly conservative Lutheran church and wasn’t exposed to these things. However, I eventually relaxed enough to feel God’s presence in the room and focus on Him.
Remember, there might be times when you will feel pressured to “fit in” by worshiping in the same way as others, but don’t give in. It is important to remember that we worship for Him, and not for other people. Worship is an intimate experience between you and God. When you worship from your heart, God knows what you are feeling; the actions of others around you are not important.
Are you worshiping for Christ?