In these days when people are questioning their faith and turning toward a self-directed philosophy, we need to recognize that being a part of a worship team or simply being attuned to worship of God is not enough to keep us stable in our faith.
God created us to be infused, permeated, and saturated with His Spirit. He provided not just the experience of the new birth by the Holy Spirit, but also a revelation of who He is, how He acts, and what are His thoughts and directives. God reveals Himself in the Bible.
We need to have a real understanding of the Bible in general and of the core concepts of what it means to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 NASB
It’s vital that we know what Jesus has said to us. We should be asking ourselves challenging questions such as, “When was the last time I read the Gospel of John and got to know my Lord and Savior?”, “Do I spend as much time getting to know Him as I do following someone’s social media posts?”, and “Do I want my life to be a reflection of His life and Spirit in me?”
When we do not have a solid understanding of the Bible embedded in our hearts, we will not be able to view life the way God sees it. I’ve often said that when we take our experiences and superimpose them on the Bible, interpreting the Bible through the view of what we’ve seen, heard, and experienced, we will incorrectly interpret who God is and what He says. Instead, we should search the Bible and learn from it, then take that understanding and superimpose it onto our daily lives and the challenges we face. We should be looking at our lives and saying, “What does God say about this?”
Of course, if you don’t want an absolute moral authority in your life, then don’t read your Bible.
I was talking to someone the other day who is not a Christian and he told me that in his search to become the best version of himself, he took what he thought was the best of all religions and applied them to his life. In that case, he is the self-determined moral authority in his life. When a believer—a follower of Jesus—does that, confusion occurs and faith is shaken.
Have you noticed that the subject of many worship songs usually focuses on human experiences rather than on who God is? Songwriters are so busy looking at themselves and writing about their own experiences instead of writing about who God is and what He has done. If you truly know God from studying your Bible, and you write and sing songs about the revelation of who He is which is found in His Word to you, then worship will be an expression of true revelation of Him, not simply a song about your experience or perspective.
Let’s take the focus off of ourselves and put it on God. He is faithful and unshakable, and He is in you.