Corporate Worship

There’s something about corporate worship that I just adore.  As a junior high school student, the first Christian concert I went to was DC Talk on their Jesus Freak tour!  I had never heard their music, but a youth group was going so I thought, “Why not?!”  I really didn’t even know at the time what contemporary Christian music was.  I grew up in a church with traditional hymns, a choir, piano, and organ.  I’d never really heard rock music for Jesus!  It was such a foreign concept. 

I don’t remember much of that concert.  I don’t remember the church I went with nor the people in my group.  What I do recall is thousands of people at the Denver Coliseum singing together the songs about God.  I’d never heard anything like it!

Many of you that know me, know that I love to sing and I adore music.  I’ve sung in church since I was a little girl, and it’s very important for me in worship.  So when I saw that so many could gather together and worship our Savior in one place, with one voice…I was awestruck!

Corporate worship at church is exactly the same feeling for me.  I love that people come together at service.  The choir stands to do their special.  The congregation stands to their feet and sings the hymns.  Some have their hands folded in front of them, praying silently.  Some look toward heaven.  A few have their hands raised to praise His holy name.  I see smiles on some and tears on another.  But they all have one goal, to talk with God through music.

We are told in the Bible to praise Him and to sing to the Lord!  I’m honored that we choose to do it corporately with other believers.  I’m grateful that churches have now opened back up so that we can, once again, worship together and praise His name!

“Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.” –Psalm 96:1-2

Friends, do you have a favorite hymn, song or artist with which you worship God?  Share in the comments and be encouraged by each other.

~Erin

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