When we look to God and remember what He has done in our lives, I believe that our worship should then reflect our love towards Him. When we are in God's presence there is not a place for fear.
I wanted to share a personal story that I hope to encourage you with! One Sunday my mother and I were in Detroit and we attended a different church that morning. The worship team began to sing a called, “Way Maker”. This was my first time ever hearing this song, but it felt as if the song was speaking directly to me.
Some of the lyrics of the song were:
“Way maker, Miracle worker, Promise keeper,
Light in the darkness; My God that is who you are”
I was desiring to raise my hand, but fear was telling me otherwise. I came up with every reason in my head not to lift my hand; I thought people were going to stare at me or I wouldn’t raise it the right way. Although it was tempting to sit down, I remembered 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind”. The more I thought about this moment, I realized that we live in a fear-filled world, but we do not have to live a fear-filled life. This song was a reminder of who God is and what He has done!
That Sunday night I went back home and I went to VOX. When the worship team started singing, guess what song started?! Way Maker! As soon as I heard it I lifted my hand. Earlier that day my mother encouraged me that when I raise my hands in church it's like my antenna to heaven. I felt like a typical middle schooler who was afraid to raise their hands in worship but I learned that each person’s antenna to heaven is how they talk to God and how they express their relationship with Him.
Praise is a powerful weapon that the children of God possess and the enemy will do everything he can to get us to stop worshiping the Lord. So, if you can relate to my story, know that when you are lifting your hand up to the Lord and remember Psalm 63:4 says, “So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands”. The next time you raise your hands in a song of worship recognize that it's your antenna to heaven.
Valley Youth Student,
Alanna Harris / 8th Grade