“Keep silence before Me, O coastlands,
And let the people renew their strength!”– Isaiah 41:1
Often when I sing, my distracted mind ignores the words and is carried away by the music. Commonly, the “noise” of the melody and harmony melds into a buzzing in my ears. Sometimes worship is just a part of the ceremony and the words slur into mush in the recesses of my brain. Today, I experienced the blessing of laryngitis; I have only a fraction of my normal speaking voice and less than that of my normal singing stamina. It is a challenge just speaking a sentence, let alone singing one.
One or two words in a deep, scratchy, off-key voice is all I can manage. And in “silence” I worshipped. God doesn’t need audible words to hear our worship. The audible is for us. God doesn’t need sentiments repeated over and over ad nausium…that is human invention…maybe for our benefit or maybe it just obscures the substance of true worship. Just like the music can obscure the worship.
What?! I hear many say. Worship is music. No. Worship is praise of God. Music can praise God but certainly is not the pinnacle of worship (though maybe we have thought it so). Worship is hugely broad; prayer, memorization, meditation, fasting, writing, and serving. All of my life, all of your life is worship!
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.