By Andrea Lennon
It was a Wednesday night and I was driving to choir rehearsal. I was feeling overwhelmed - not sure what was going on in my life. I was so unsure that I found myself asking, "Lord, who am I?" After this question came to my mind, I felt guilty for having it. I continued talking to the Lord. "Lord, I do not want to question You. I do not want to doubt You. I just do not know who I am. Lord, please help me figure this out."
I continued driving to rehearsal, trying to prepare my heart for a time of worship. I parked my car, walked into the choir suite, and quietly found my seat. As always, rehearsal began with a time of praise. This is one of my favorite moments during the week - sitting with fellow worshipers and singing to our King. My heart was stirred by God's presence and I began to ask the Lord to speak to my heart. At the same time, I continued to sense confusion in my spirit; so I prayed all the more. Practice moved into a time of mechanics as we worked on upcoming Christmas music. The time went by quickly, and before I knew it, practice was complete.
Tony Weston, our Worship Pastor, thanked everyone for coming and then closed with a word of prayer. During the prayer, Tony made an amazing statement: "Lord we are never more who You call us to be than when we worship you." As Tony prayed, the Holy Spirit landed a punch in my stomach. Immediately, I began processing this statement.
My mind thought back to the car ride just an hour earlier.
"Lord who am I?" The answer was evident: "A worshiper of the Living God."
Each day this statement should set the tone for the way we live our lives. Monday morning wake up and proclaim, "Today, Lord, I worship You!" This battle cry revolutionizes our relationships with God and provides an opportunity to take part daily in the art of worship.
Without a doubt, worship is a form of art. The book of Psalms provides the Scriptural basis for this statement. Often, the Psalmist encouraged God's people to sing, declare, make known, worship, ascribe, rejoice, give thanks, praise, and exalt the Lord. Each of these words called God's people to action by providing an opportunity to worship.
Today, you and I have the same invitation. As God's people, we too can sing, declare, make known, worship, ascribe, rejoice, give thanks, praise, and exalt our Lord. As we do, a neat thing takes place; our view of worship broadens to include much more than music alone. Worship becomes the way we live our lives - the very reflection of Christ living in us and through us.
At the heart of worship a single attitude exists: God is God and we are not. While the truth of this statement seems obvious, the relevance of the statement is often lost in our daily lives. Think how often we make this world about us, about our lives, or the importance of our stories. When this occurs, we lose proper focus and worship no longer takes place.
This week if you find yourself losing proper focus, and as a result asking the question, "Lord, who am I?," allow God's Word to remind you. You are a worshiper of the Living God. No higher call exists in your life. As this truth makes its way into your heart, I encourage you to live out the words recorded in Psalm 100:1
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that that Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
(New International Version)