As a team we are primarily concerned with three areas of relationship; our relationship with God; our relationship with each other and our relationship with our fellow worshippers within the church.
I would like to share a few thoughts with you concerning the first and primary relationship of these three; our relationship with God.
As always, these are my own thoughts and are by no means set in stone. I only wish to sow a seed or two and hopefully get you to thinking about your own situation and relationship with Our Lord.
First and foremost, I believe our praise and worship must be directed to God’s face. If our greatest wish is to love God; to spend time with God; to truly want to be in God’s presence, then our praise and worship will be met by God with open arms.
Our relationship with God is everything. It is the one thing God wants more than anything else. And it is only when we take the time to seek God’s face, which means to simply invest in that ongoing relationship with him, that he extends his hand because his heart is always waiting and open to hear all that we have to say.
So how do we know if our relationship with God is centred on seeking his face? What can we do to make sure our motive is pure as we praise and worship our Lord? Here are a few thoughts that I hope will help. They may seem obvious but it is always good to be reminded and have them re-enforced.
• We must continually spend time with God in praise and worship. God never grows weary of hearing how much we love and appreciate him. In fact, praise and worship is the key that opens us up to God’s heart.
• We must come to God just as we are with an open heart, with all our faults and failings, letting God see all that’s in our heart, good and bad. This lets God know that we value our relationship enough to let him see it all and to allow Him to do whatever he needs to do.
• We must look for opportunities to offer God praise and worship in things around us. All we need to do is see a beautiful sunset or one of the many other wonders of nature to offer God praise and thanksgiving for that miraculous blessing. God appreciates a grateful heart.
• We mustn’t be afraid to show God how we truly feel as we worship him. There are those who don’t feel comfortable raising their hands or giving any open display of emotion during worship services. I’m not saying we have to jump up and down or shout. The simple act of standing with open hands shows God that our heart is open and we want to feel God’s presence within us.
Christian praise and worship can be one of the most powerful ways to help build our relationship with God. There is nothing better than feeling the love, peace, and acceptance of God’s presence all around you. But remember, just like the parent He is, God is looking for that ongoing relationship. When he sees our open heart and our desire to get to know him for who he is, His heart opens to hear all that we have to say.