I have been a worship leader in school, both in high school and college. I can tell you for sure that some of the days that the worship was so great and powerful was when my heart had broken into pieces. So am I saying that worship is only powerful when your heart is broken? No, that is not at all what I am saying! In fact, it’s a really great misconception. When leading worship or even attending a worship service, it may seem that when the worship leader is deep in worship, they have to cry. It appears that way, doesn’t it? But sometimes, when tears flow down one’s cheeks in that solemn moment, it could be one is just being emotional. It could be that they are trying to overcome the pain that is within their hearts, which in most cases, is caused by a broken heart that comes from a broken relationship.
Let’s just be honest here, especially to those of you who lead worship or have attended a worship service. Isn’t there a time you really broke down during worship because of the hurt that was in your heart at the time? Just answer it secretly in your heart.
So why am I writing all this? You may find yourself crying during worship, and it is important to know what is causing you to cry at the time. There could be two possibilities:
The first and most important reason is the fact that you are so deep in the worship and are overwhelmed by God’s presence and love that you can’t help but shed tears at his awesomeness. The second and unfortunately, most common reason is, you could just be suffering from a broken heart. And it’s important to differentiate between the two situations.
Again worship doesn’t necessarily mean that you attend a worship service. Breathing, living and the whole sense of our life and existence is worship because we were created to honour him with all that we are— his creation. And that means, we are created to worship in all that we do. With all this, I came to deeply understand what Psalm 34:17 says;
“The Lord is Close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Everything made perfect sense, after knowing and understanding that. People say that time heals all wounds and broken hearts. But the truth is, some wounds will just remain open unless Jesus steps in. He is the only healer of hearts I know.
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