Last time, I wrote about God as our primary audience. And that is true, God is our primary audience. That being said, there is another audience in any worship gathering! You. Me. We are second audience when we come to worship.
Now I have to confess something. I have been the person who has said things like, “We should sing more about who God is!” or “This song is so man-centered!” Now, those things are true and sound very spiritual, but the other truth is that part of the reason we get together is to encourage each other by singing! Colossians 3:16 says,
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And in Ephesians 5:19
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
So the Bible tells us that the church is an audience for worship and that one of the reasons we get together to worship is to encourage each other. The Spirit of God in you speaks to me and brings encouragement in the middle of the trials of life.
When I was going through cancer, I needed people to sing for me. I would try to stand and sing, but too many times I was too weak. I would stand in the back with tears streaming down my face and listen to God’s people sing. I’m ashamed to admit that it took that long for me to realize this. There are many people who come to church who are struggling to sing. They might look on the outside as if they are angry or un-engaged, but the reality is that they are struggling. They need other believers to sing to them.
This is one of the ways we share our testimony of faith. No matter the words on the screen, we are communicating that God is always worthy of praise and we have found him to be faithful.
Who knows…that might be you or me down the road. We might be the people who need to hear someone else sing God’s praises.