Over the last few years, my wife had been trying to get me to listen to more positive things; worship music, Christian radio, Christian podcasts, etc. I wasn’t interested, especially in the music. I’m a life long Rock and Roller! What on earth could I possibly get out of listening to that? I had heard enough hymns in church over the years to be absolutely not interested. On top of that, when we went to church, I was the guy you saw standing stone-faced while most everyone else was singing. One, I couldn’t sing, two, I was too macho or proud to sing, well, in front of people anyway if you know what I mean.
Well, let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Today’s Christian music scene has something for everyone. From ballads to straight ahead rock and roll. These songs of worship and praise are uplifting and more than listenable. I have made a playlist of my favorites, which keeps growing, and it is the top of my rotation. Listening to these songs keeps me focused and centered on my path to being a better man.
Next, once I started Re:gen last year, I realized that part of the process of recovery was to fully participate. So, for the first time in my life, I actually sang in public. And, it was emotional. There is a release that occurs when you let go of everything inside and give it up to God. Let go of your pride, or shame, or whatever you have that has kept you from praising God as he deserves.
A couple of weeks ago, Pastor John called out those members who miss worship as long as they get to the sermon. I must admit, for a while I was one of those. However, I have learned that while John’s sermons are fantastic for understanding and perspective, there is nothing that will strengthen your relationship with God like worship and praise with wild abandonment. Your emotions will well up inside and when you let them out, it will uplift your soul. You will feel the power of the Holy Spirit in you.
I am convinced that my wife and John were absolutely correct. You can’t complete your journey as a Christian without the worship and praise. I encourage all of you to open it up, let it loose, make a joyful noise and raise a hallelujah!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4
I also encourage everyone to watch the video. In my opinion, this is the greatest hymn ever written and this is the best rendition I have ever heard. For some reason, all of my life, this song has kicked my butt. I can’t listen to it without tearing up. If this doesn’t get your worship on, I don’t know what will!