Worship has been something I’ve loved since a kid. I remember going to summer camp, at the age of 9 or 10, and being so overwhelmed during worship that I would drop down in my seat (and sometimes to my knees) to just cry. I was overwhelmed that the God of this Universe wanted to hear the song coming out of my mouth.
Tim Keller describes worship, as: “Seeing what God is worth and giving Him what He is worth.” And as a kid, somehow I got that. I understood that God has infinite worth, and I had the privilege to show Him a glimpse of how that infinite worth impacted my heart through worship. I had the privilege to give His breath back.
A little over 15 years later, and I still get overwhelmed in worship. I’m thankful my understanding of worship has grown though. I’m learning it really isn’t about giving God my worship, because in reality He doesn’t NEED my worship... but good gosh do I need it. I think 10 year old Caitlin thought God needed to be reminded of His goodness and glory, and I wanted to be the person to remind Him. But man was I wrong, because God doesn’t need to be reminded of His awesomeness... that would require Him to change based on His worshippers, and my God never changes. But I’ve experienced (definitely within the last 10 months) when I worship, I change.
I become free. I become free of distractions. Free of the busyness of life. Free from my fears. And through that freedom, I am able to be undone before the Lord. I can get buck-wild for My Savior. I am able to be unveiled, standing before God face to face. In the place where I get to “contemplate the Lord’s glory” allowing Him to transform me more into His image (2 Corinthians 3:13-18).
This is why I believe in worship. That’s why I need it more than ever in my life... because it makes me more like Jesus.
I read once, “The more we get on with celebrating who and what we are in Christ, the less consumed we will be by chaos and the more committed we will be to Christ-likeness in the world and for the world.”
I don’t know about you, but I always want my life and my attention to be centered on Christ. Not only does it mold me into more of Christ-likeness, but it gives something this world so desperately needs... Jesus.
I don’t know where you are at in life right now. If you are finding it hard to worship God or if you find yourself wrapped up in it 24/7. I don’t know if you’ve lost your dance moves or if you get jiggy in His Presence every day. I know for me, I’m learning. I'm learning to dance again before the Lord. I’m learning to be undone in His Presence... and not really care what people think.
I want to be a woman who when faced with turmoil and trials in life, I turn to worship. I worship the God of unwavering peace... and come away with that peace.
I want to be a woman who when in need of wisdom, I turn to worship. I worship the God of infinite wisdom... and come away with wisdom.
I want to be a woman who when faced with the difficulties of loving the unloveable, I turn to worship. I worship the God who IS love and allow His love to become mine.
So friends, get to dancing. Get to worshipping. Find a place to be undone before the Lord.