Hearing and Internalizing the Beat. I hope you’ve had the pleasure of hearing music that seems to move you from the inside out—a drum beat that stimulates a steady tapping of the foot, a tempo and instrumentation that excites spirited movement and dancing, or a musical phrase that “takes your breath away.” Worship (whether musical or not) is a spirited experience. Knowledge of who God is and what He does stimulates a worshipful response from the inside out. The Spirit moves us, and God is our song.
The Worship Leader. Perhaps you are accustomed to seeing a lead singer/guitarist/pianist of a praise band, a choral director, or a cantor lead worship. These people play a leadership role in musical corporate worship, but above each of these leaders, above each of the congregants is the Lord. Worship is not only a response to God but also prompted by God. He moves us.
Awareness of Others. “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, NKJV)