When you can’t sing: Defining Worship

August 30, 2013 in Faith that Shines

Defining worship

Worship is a wily word. When you are tone deaf, and find singing to be an unpleasant sound reminder of lacking abilities, it gets  confusing. Because aren’t  worship and singing as synonyms? I know, make a joyful noise, and sometimes, I do. But only in the quiet of my home with 2 girls who also can’t sing. I am missing a gene. Music is not a language I speak. It moves me very little. So how does one, like me, worship?

We worship when spend an hour preparing our faces for a date. Or when we choose to sit in the pretty place admiring the fabric and coordination and lack of stains, because it brings inner peace for a time. Or when we stand in a garden admiring the results of our weekly toil. We know how to worship. But worshiping a God without a human form today is trickier.

Years of struggling with this w word have taught me that worship comes in gratitude, in recognizing moments that only God can orchestrate, in the startling beauty of fellowship in the midst of pain, in the on-the-knee-moments of surrender.  It is recognizing my size and skill in comparison to Him and the humbling, knock -me down fact that He knows and loves us anyway (even if we can’t sing). So just as I have redefined church for my girls (from a building where people go on Sundays to a body of believers meeting together anywhere) I am redefining worship as a painful or joyful ( or both) moment of recognition that the King of Kings, the Creator of the world, the One who is All knowing and All Powerful, he loves us.

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E W Wright August 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

“I am redefining worship as a painful or joyful ( or both) moment of recognition that the King of Kings, the Creator of the world, the One who is All knowing and All Powerful, he loves us. ” Amen, Laura. Amen.
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kaseyparr99 August 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

…worship comes in gratitude, in recognizing moments that only God can orchestrate–loved this. Beautiful post. Blessings, Kasey

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Megan Paat August 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Your comments brought tears to my eyes, so I had to stop by and get to know you…and oh, Im so glad I did. What a beautiful post and I agree-I felt instantly connected to your words. What’s a treasure-what a previous reminder. Looking forward to reading more from you friend;)

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Aileen August 31, 2013 at 12:20 am

You are blessed… a lot of people are musically gifted but they know nothing about worship. It’s not about talent…it’s about the heart and what’s inside. Having God there is worship. 🙂

Visiting from FMF.

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Becky Daye August 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Thank you for this post! I have experienced the “startling beauty of fellowship in the midst of pain” this week and you are right. It is worship. To God be the glory, right?!!

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pruningprincesses September 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Oh Becky, upon seeing your comment I “ran” to your blog to see how your dad is doing. I assume the silence there means hard times. Praying for you and your family. And yes, God’s glory. Not ours.

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