Must worship always involve singing?

There are plenty of ways to worship the Lord. Here are a few to get you started…

Often when we hear the word ‘worship’ we picture people playing instruments and singing joyfully at church, but is that all worship can be? Is it possible to worship at home, outside or even at work? Must it always involve music, or can worship be completely silent… or full of hustle and bustle?

Sing, sing, sing!

There is plenty of singing in the Bible, from the Israelites praising God to the heavenly hosts singing over the shepherds. We even read in Zephaniah 3:17 that God sings over us. Singing is a great way to focus our hearts on him, even if we aren’t quite as musical as the angels!

Psalm 100:1-2 says: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”

Lifting of hands

It’s amazing how a simple gesture like lifting our hands can have a significant meaning. Football fans lift their hands when their team scores; toddlers lift their hands to be raised into the loving arms of a parent; those in danger raise their hands in surrender. In like manner, we can raise our hands in praise, in adoration and in surrender to God.

Psalm 141:2 says: “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

Dancing before the Lord

This idea may make you cringe from head to toe, but many people feel great liberty when they dance before the Lord, whether it’s in public or in private. David wasn’t afraid to make a fool of himself by dancing his praise to God, and if we can lose our inhibitions we might just feel the same way. Find a style that suits you, then use it as a form of worship.

Psalm 149:3 says: “Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”

Serving others

Serving may not feel very worshipful, but the Greek word “latreia” means both service to and worship of God. The two things can go hand in hand if we approach them in the right way. Serving is a great way to keep our focus on him rather than on our own needs. Think about ways that you can serve him (and others) in every sphere of life, then carry it out prayerfully and with a humble heart. Enjoy his presence as you serve.

Psalm 100:2 says: “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”

Enjoy the great outdoors

Some people feel most connected with God when they’re out in nature. Walking in the great outdoors can really help us tune out the pressures of the day and tune in to him. The beauty of creation may prompt us to pray, thank and worship the Creator. It can help us feel rested, peaceful and at one with God. If you’re struggling to worship in a formal setting, get outdoors and start praising in your own unique way.

Psalm 96:11-12 says: “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”