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Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 1:02:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

A close friend recently wrote me an email that has caused me to reflect on how I worship God through music and why it matters so much. He wrote:

"I desire to become more of a worshipper, but have found myself simply trying to add it as a "discipline." Any insight on how to grow in the love of Christ in worship? I have found my time of worship to be settling and helpful but I want it to be more than something that I do because I am supposed to and I know it is good for me. I want to experience Him and grow in intimate relationship with Him."

There are many ways to worship God as shown in our love for others, our work, prayer, and study of His word, but my friend specifically means the act of using music to praise and worship Jesus.

Musical worship is unique in building an intimate relationship with God. Worship shifts our focus to Him, and increased intimacy is the by-product. If you are analytical by nature, worshipping through music bypasses your head and communicates directly to your heart, which is necessary for intimate relationships.

If we are not careful we can engage in worship focusing on what we are going to get out of it. This is a struggle for me. True worship is for God's glory. The fact that we are changed by it is the by-product of the character and nature of what it means to be in relationship with our gracious God.

Several specific disciplines have helped me grow in worship:

1. Setting time aside most mornings to worship with music. After 10 to 15 minutes my entire outlook begins to change, my typical morning "blue funk" lifts and peace begins to flow through me.

2. Worshipping in community with others, such as corporate worship at church. In addition, worship has become a key part of our small home group, and some of our executives meet every work day morning at 8:15 to worship together for 15 minutes.

3. Focusing on worship songs that are truly praise and worship. A significant portion of new songs are focused on our pursuit of God such as change me, bless me, etc. These songs are very uplifting but I look for songs where God is the focus of worship.

4. Using an iPod and creating play lists of songs that especially draw you into worship. I often find only one or two songs on an album that truly draw me.

5. Using worship songs as a background as you drive or work.

If worship with music is not a part of your private time with God, I would encourage you to try it for a week. It could be life changing.

I loved this version too. I also liked hinavg the response of the people in the video. I had never heard this song, at all. It's like 15 years old. I happened upon it last night while flipping channels. Some Southern Gospel group was singing it and it was enough to send me on my search.POWERFUL. Makes me cry everytime.peace~elaine
Paty @ 8:05:00 AM 11/21/2013

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