How many times have I been guilty of leaving worship thinking or saying, “I didn’t really get anything out of that today.” Maybe the music wasn’t my style, I had other things on my mind, or I just never felt anything. Regardless of what the reason may be, I leave feeling like the music didn’t move me and the lyrics didn’t touch me.
Wait a second… it wasn’t for me.
Worship is about Him. It isn’t about me. The whole point of worship is to exalt the name of Jesus, not that I would feel blessed. So often we engage in worship and praise that is motivated by personal gain; we are focused on self when we should be focused on Him.
Now here is the good news. When we are truly focuses on Him in praise, He always shows up. His Word promises that He will inhabit the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). In other words, He was saying, “If you will be present in the moment with me, I will be present with you.” When we make worship about Him, He makes His presence about us.
Furthermore, Jesus clearly declared Himself the ‘I AM’ of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). He did not say that He was the ‘I WAS’ or the ‘I WILL BE.’ He used the present tense because He always works in the present. The enemy would have us become so focused on the past or on the future that we do not allow the LORD to work His will in us in the here and now.
If you find yourself in need of help from the LORD today, just know that He is a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). As you worship Him, know that He is there, and He is already working on your behalf.