Several years ago, while teaching a class on worship I made the statement that worship is a verb to illustrate the importance of our verbal response and participation in worship. After class I was approached by an older gentleman who emphatically said that he believed it didn’t matter if he verbally responds in worship. His rationale was that God can read his mind and he does not like to sing anyway. Therefore, he saw corporate worship as a waste of time. After telling him I admired his honesty I shared three reasons why it is vital that we verbalize our praise to God in worship.
First of all, James 3:2 tells us that whoever has control over your mouth has control over your entire will. The tongue is like the rudder of a ship. Louvores de Adoração It sets the course and direction a ship travels. Our mouth is the rudder of our heart and how we use our mouth proves who is in control. The powerful principle of verbal praise is that when we lift our voice in praise, it shows who is directing our will. It is safe to assume that if we refuse to verbally respond in worship, we are showing that God is not the one who has control.
The second reason is found in Matthew 15:11 and 18. Jesus tells us that what comes out of my mouth reveals what is in my heart. That is a scary thought. Our initial reaction might be to keep our mouths shut so that we don’t reveal anything bad about ourselves. But the intent is to cause the opposite reaction. It should compel us to voice our praise to the Lord every chance we get so that those around us can see that our hearts are filled with his love, grace and mercy. Keeping silent does not hide what is inside but reveals what is missing. We may never curse and swear or gossip behind a person’s back because that would that would make us look bad. But Jesus is trying to help us understand that we say more about ourselves when we say nothing at all.
The final reason is where the real power of verbal praise is comes in. Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” What this verse tells us is that next to the shed blood of Christ, worship is the most powerful weapon we have to defeat the power of Satan in our daily lives. Think for a moment about what the word of our testimony means. I can’t think of any better way to declare the word of my testimony than through worship. Isn’t that what worship is all about? When we sing song of worship we are declaring the truth of who he is and what he has done for us. We are declaring the testimony of Christ and Satan is powerless against that. When we choose not to verbally praise God we are choosing to subjugate ourselves to the power of the enemy.