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VISUAL WORSHIP

The greatness of God is overwhelming.  We don't know all there is
to know about God but what we do know is overwhelming.  As we
read the Bible, the revelation of who he is, we learn just a little bit
about God.  We see that he is perfect
love.  He is perfect justice.  
He is perfect patience.  He is perfect goodness.

Recently I have been meditating on Psalm 8:3,4:  "When I
consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and
the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take
thought of him?"

I can kind of understand how the Psalmist felt when I turn my
attention to God's character.  When you and I think about God,
we are in awe!  It's not just what God has done but
who he is!  He
is beyond our words.  Worship not only pours out of our mouths
but out of our lives.

Worship, when we meditate on who God is, becomes
more than
just an expression in song.  It is something that every cell of our
being joins in on.  The voice is not the only part of a person that
worships God.  We worship God with our feet, with our hands, and
with our faces.

I have had many pastors ask, "How do I get my singers to smile
during worship?"  First, it is important to understand that it's not
image that we are after.  A "look" will not facilitate worship.  The
congregation will not worship just because the singers are smiling.
 They may respond in some way but they may not be
focusing on
God in worship.

Secondly, it is not always possible to smile when singing because
vowels are formed with the mouth, shaping the sound we make.
Rather, facial expression is created more with the eyes.  Yes, a
smile goes a long way, but the eyes are a great communicator as
well.  No matter what the words are, the eyes are an important
part of visual worship.  This is why keeping eyes closed should be
minimized.  Beyond that, the posture and movements of the entire
body can also communicate genuine emotion.

Thirdly, and most importantly, visual expressions of worship must
be done in integrity.  As was mentioned before, it's not image that
we desire but true visual expressions of worship.  This will come as
we focus on God.  To tell someone to smile or to "express
worship" without directing their thoughts to God would be a
mistake.

I heard a worship leader once tell a
congregation to "get excited"
without offering a reason for excitement.  Certainly we who know
God can be excited and very expressive, but the reason must be
clear: God!
                         
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