Hi Guys - Thanks for stopping in to check this out. Today's Date is July 24, 2013. A little bit ago, I was Praising God in my Bed Room - All by myself. I was Singing & Playing 'Majesty' on the Guitar. Simply an Unplugged Electric Guitar & my voice.
I stretched it out for about 15 minutes. After I finished playing the Song, I felt this Amazing Presence. It was as though God was Physically in the Bed Room with me. I'm still in the process of developing my Singing Voice. So - It wasn't the Greatest. However - I was giving my Best to God. And, that was all that mattered.
This page is going to be on having a 'Heart Of Worship'. At this point in my life, I've played Instruments for 17 years. I say Instruments due to being able to play Guitar, Bass & Keyboards. Anyway - I just want to share some of my Experience in playing with Praise Teams.
-------What better way to do it than -- right here, right now???
Let's start with looking at - What is Worship? According to Wikipedia...
Worship is an act of Religious Devotion, usually directed towards a Deity. The word is derived from the Old English - worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship-- to give, at its simplest, worth to something.
Having a 'Heart Of Worship' isn't about performing the best you can, to help the congregation. Having a 'Heart Of Worship' is about focusing your Music (vocally or instrument) towards God. It's as though God is 'Physically' in the room. The Praise is completely for Him.
--This will allow you to Play with the same Emotion, whether you're by yourself or in front of 500+ people.
From here going forward-- you'll find ideas, tips & tricks designed to help in wholeheartedly Worshiping God. This comes from me (Eric Robinson), as what I do. Not saying this is the Best for you. But, it has been what has worked for me.
#1 - Simplify Things. Try to play your instrument with very little effort. Meaning - Play your instrument, so that it sounds good. But, put more focus to who your playing Music for.
#2 - Picture God in your Mind. Try to picture God in the room & you are singing or playing specifically for Him. If it's easier, use a Mental Picture of Jesus. Whatever is easier for you, is Best. Don't complicate things.
#3 - Do your Best to focus on who you're Playing (or Singing) for, instead of what you're Playing (or Singing). It's OK to get lost in Worship & far more valuable than trying to get every part of the song perfect.
#4 - Applause - The Applause at the end of the song, should always be for God. I had a HUGE problem with this in my earlier years as a Guitarist. After a song was finished & the Congregation would Applaud, I'd usually look at that as though they were giving me Praise - It felt Good to me.
--Mentally - After the song is finished say 'This is for you, God'.
These are 4 Things that I do on a regular basis. They help me to focus my Praise towards God and not take credit for my God Given Talents. Anytime I play Music, it's to Praise God. However - This is me, you might be different.
If you want more information on this Topic - please look online for additional sources. There is quite a bit that can help.