No one has your voice when it comes to worship. No one else can take your place. It is one thing that no one else can do for you. So when you are thinking you are going to come to church and kick back and relax and let someone else (perhaps the person on stage who is looking awfully energetic anyway) do your worshipping and singing for you remember that you are creating a void. A void so vast that as Luke 19:40 says "If we keep silent, the stones would cry out"(paraphrase mine). I was out of town this weekend and my husband and I were texting frequently about what was going on at home and what my 2 year old daughter was up to. I would have been suspicious if my husband said "oh by the way, Scarlett loves you and she wants you to know that she thinks you are the best mom and she was telling me that she can't wait to see you tomorrow and she has been telling me all day how she loves the way you take care of her and love her...." First of all my daughter doesn't have quite that kind of vocabulary. I would immediately know that those weren't her words. I would also be thinking "how does he know this? did she tell him? why didn't she tell me herself?" When I arrived home the best thing happened though, Scarlett's face lit up and she screamed "Mama!" with great pointing and waving and kicking and smiling and laughter and hands on her huge open excited mouth. Her expression of her love for me was beyond anything my husband could've said for her. It was her own. It was genuine and spontaneous and honest.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately and I'm thankful that I have such a clear picture, through my daughter, of what worship to a Heavenly Father that we love should look like. Is this similar to what your worship looks like? Think about that. Is it honest and spontaneous or contrived and forced? If we truly knew Him I don't know how we could respond without worship. Real worship. Take a bit of time today to learn something else about Jesus. It's only in this way that you will recognize Him when He walks through your door.
PS- If there are misspellings or is any bad grammar in this post it's only because I am not proofreading it. My daughter is coming and asking for my hand to go play and I can't resist :)