I recently had an opportunity to participate in our church’s worship night. These are my favorite types of services. There are all sorts of worship, right? We can worship God with our words, our actions, our time, our service. But my absolute favorite way to worship him is in song. There is something about music that moves our very soul. And that is how we connect to God the most intimately, with our souls. He restores my soul. Our soul is the essence of who we are. There is something so supernatural about losing yourself in the presence of God in complete surrender and acknowledgement of him. I don’t know about you, but it isn’t often that I get to feel that kind of closeness with my Lord. There are way too many distractions in my daily life.
“There is something about music
that moves our very soul.”
In a perfect world, I would wake up “early” (and let’s pretend that early is 7 am), pour myself a cup of coffee and spend an hour just praying, journaling and reading God’s word. Then my children would wake up at 8/8:30 and I would be so ready. I would be ready for whatever the day could throw at me. I know I still wouldn’t be perfect, but my emotions would be stable, and I would be able to continue my day in the spirit in which it began: in the presence of God.
Reality check: my kids are up by 6:30 am, if not earlier. It is highly unlikely that I could get my rear out of bed any earlier…although I have considered it, given the pay off. Most days, I start my day grouchy and annoyed. Just ask my husband. I then change poopy diapers, make breakfast, clean up messes, sew holes in my husband’s work pants, do laundry – all before I’ve even had my first cup of coffee! This is a problem. It takes me until 10 am to feel awake and ready to do anything with my day. And at that point I still haven’t said two words to God besides “please let them stay asleep!!!”
Those few days leading up to that worship service were worse than ever. I felt this dark cloud hovering over my mood and it just sucked any life right out of me. I nearly didn’t go to that worship night due to trouble finding a sitter for my kids and working around my husband’s work schedule. I’m not divulging all of this to you to receive any sympathy, please understand. I have a feeling many of you can relate, whether you have kids or a demanding job or other commitments, time with God is easily crowded out of the picture.
“I know I still wouldn’t be perfect, but my emotions would be stable, and I would be able to continue my day in the spirit in which it began: in the presence of God.”
That night, I just let go. I let all of the words and the music wash over me and I shut everything else out. Some people raise their hands while they worship and some people don’t. I’m going to tell you why I do. It’s an outward symbol that I am giving everything I have over to God and I am ready and willing to receive whatever he has to give me. During that 90 minutes of song after song, God spoke to my soul. There were lyrics in songs that moved me to tears because they spoke to burdens I didn’t even realize I was carrying. My soul felt so refreshed by that night of corporate worship. It taught me something.
“I let all of the words and the music wash over me and I shut everything else out.”
It taught me something that I’m sure I used to know, but over the years I had forgotten. HE restores my soul. He leads me beside quiet waters. When the weight of life’s daily demands gets to be too much and it’s all I can do to get through the day without breaking down in tears, HE wants to refresh me. On those days when I feel like I’m dragging, I’m unmotivated and uninspired, HE is ready to pick me up, dust me off and encourage me to keep going. All it takes is a few minutes of quiet focus on him, on his word.
Whether you have an hour or five minutes, I encourage you to take that time. Put the kids in front of Daniel Tiger for a few minutes longer, put in some ear buds and listen to your favorite worship song. Let the words speak to your heart and don’t think about what else needs to be done. Just for those few minutes, let God restore your soul.
This coming Tuesday evening, October 11, there is another opportunity for an all-worship service. At Southland Christian Church on Richmond Rd in Lexington, KY at 6:30 PM. Come out and worship with us!! You will be so glad you did.