Do you want to take your worship to the highest possible level today? If so, I have a simple, yet extremely effective, worship mentoring tip for you!
Here it is:
If you want to take your personal worship time to the highest possible level, sing TO God, and sing directly from your heart, to reach maximum intimacy with Him.
You may think this is a given, but it’s not. Here’s what I mean:
—You can speak TO God. (Example: from the song Total Praise: “Lord, I will lift my eyes to the hills … You are the Source of my strength! You are the Strength of my life! I lift my hands in total praise to You.”)
—You can speak TO others about God. (Example: “I don’t know what you came here for, but I came to praise the Lord.” You’re making a declaration of your intent in this song, but you’re speaking to the people around you.)
**These songs often include confessions of faith or prophetic proclamation made one to another.
—You can speak to yourself. (Example: 10,000 Reasons: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul; worship His holy name.”)
ALL of these are good. But, when you sing the song of your heart directly to the Lord, speaking to Him directly, your song becomes a prayer and also becomes “tehillah”—the personal song of your life and story rising to the Father—and “tehillah” praise is the only kind of praise which the Bible specifically states God actually INHABITS. (He loves all kinds of praise from the pure-hearted lips of His children, but actually INHABITING that praise is something very special.)
You will encounter God most deeply in worship when speaking directly to Him and lifting up the tehillah praise of your heart.
This is why, for example, the old hymn “Pass Me Not” is so anointed: it is a deep, guttural cry containing the deepest feelings of your heart, lifted up directly to God.
ONE MORE TIP:
Theology in worship is important. It’s important to acknowledge in your worship that the God you are singing to is actually present—and this makes a big difference in the anointing you feel.
For example: “Send it on down, Lord; send it on down; Lord, let the Holy Ghost come on down. … Heavenly Father, here our call; let Your Holy Spirit fall…”
Sing that to God in your head. Notice whether you do or do not sense God’s presence. How much anointing do you feel on that song?
Then, compare that ^^ with this song:
“Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome in this place. Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome in this place. Omnipotent Father of mercy and grace, Thou art welcome in this place.”
You may notice a difference in the anointing on these two songs. Why? Because the first song doesn’t acknowledge that Holy Spirit is already here. The second song does.
Moral of the story:
The more personal you make your worship—lifting your worship to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit directly from your heart—AND the more you acknowledge and honor His ever-present presence, the more deeply you will encounter Him.
Does this simple worship mentoring tip help you? Leave a comment below if so!