Words and Music: Laurie Klein, 1978
I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You, oh my soul, rejoice! Take joy, my King, in what You hear; May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
I spend so much time worrying about how I look and sound when I am worshiping.
Part of this stems from a background in leading. At times, I get so concerned with how something sounds, how the slideshow looks, and how the lighting is that I completely forget the real reason that myself and those leading with me are there - to lead others to worship.
I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice to honor You, oh my soul, rejoice!
Our worship should be God-centered. All. The. Time.
And I write this not only to remind you, but to remind myself. Because when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, honesty time, I cannot say I focus on my Lord during worship as much as I should. Which means I am not worshipping - I'm just singing.
Don't let your song just be a song.
Worship the Lord so deeply that your soul is rejoicing! That line always gets me, even as a kid - the idea that this connection I have with my God is so close that He will take my feeble voice and weak body and let the things I do that honor Him be the biggest act of worship possible!
My soul rejoices!
1-2 I love you, God--
you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
where I run for dear life,
hiding behind the boulders,
safe in the granite hideout.
Joy is a photographer, wife and mommy based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is available by appointment for weddings, events and sessions in New Mexico.