Even for professional worship leaders, it is easy to get so wrapped up in the logistics of leading a worship ministry that we neglect the daily art of worshiping God.
Sharing today some interesting thoughts from Nick Morrows blog, on the topic of daily worship. I’ve had an inking for a while now that many spiritual disciplines (staple daily activities for Christians for centuries) have now fallen aside in our culture of excessive entertainment and instant gratification. Other things have replaced them. (Think about things which have become daily ritual for you – are they good or the ‘best’ things you could do on a daily basis….are they in any way helping to grow your faith in Christ?)
“The deeper I dive into the world of Christian worship history, the more I want to go. Most people hear the word “history” and want to fall asleep in about seventeen seconds. But I’m convinced that we can learn much about ourselves and our spiritual ancestry by becoming students of worship history. Understanding worship history gives worship leaders a well-rounded knowledge of where we come from. As the famous saying goes, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Here are a few themes I’ve seen in worship history, along with some practical suggestions in incorporating them into our worship services:
Worship as a daily practice. The earliest Christians inherited the “Tefillah” from their Jewish roots, a list of eighteen prayers to be said three times daily. Worship remained a daily ritual for most Christians up until the Middle Ages.
Many of us shudder when we hear “worship” and “discipline” mentioned in the same sentence. Many Christians today scratch their heads as to how worship works itself into our daily lives, outside of Christian radio and maybe a morning Scripture or two.
Even for professional worship leaders, it is easy to get so wrapped up in the logistics of leading a worship ministry that we neglect the daily art of worshiping God. Incorporating worship into our daily routine is more about intentionality than anything. Whether it’s reciting the Lord’s Prayer, a lunch time prayer walk, or bedtime confessions, our daily worship routines shape who we become.”