Preparing my Heart for Worship
I have to admit that most weekends when we go to church I am not feeling the worship music. It's not that our worship team doesn't do a phenomenal job, they do. It's that sometimes getting out the door and to church on time can be a frenzied mess. I'm stressed out from a long week and toddler attitude and baby whining. And I've usually been too busy that day (weekends are just insane) to even crack open the Bible, much less have any kind of dedicated meditation time.
When I was at the Influence conference they usually had a speaker and then some worship music time after. I really felt a lot more connected during the singing and a lot less distracted. I realized it was because I had prepared my heart for worship. I had spent some time in God's Word - thinking about who He is and what He's done.
Sometimes I think that's how church should be - sermon first and then music. But I don't control that. Life is crazy with two young ones but I need to find a way to prepare my heart for worship before even walking through the church doors. I'm not quite sure what that looks like - maybe reading a short devotional on my phone before heading out, maybe listening to worship music at home or in the car on the way to church, maybe it's taking the time to pray together as a family before service. My kids are getting old enough that we can do that sort of thing without them getting too wild.
Whatever it is, it's important. God deserves my whole attention when I'm at church. It's not fair to be distracted and stressed. I need to put all of that on the altar and prepare my heart for worship.