Overseers Adam Diehl & Jon Paul Robles

This post is the first in a series of blog posts about how we should worship. The first can be found here.

2) We should Worship With our Spirit, and . . .

3) We should Worship With our Mind (Understanding)

1 Corinthians 14:15 says, So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.

This distinction between worshiping with Spirit and Mind is, contextually, speaking about tongues. When we worship with our mind, its “God I praise you because . . .” and then we declare why God is awesome. When we worship with our spirit, it is not an intellectual operation, it’s something . . . deeper. Yes, this absolutely means worshiping by speaking in tongues. But at the same time I think it also is a “heart cry” out to God.

My church does the song, “From the Inside Out” from Hillsong. The chorus ends with the lyrics, “From the inside out Lord my soul cries out” and then is immediately followed by several measures of a musical interlude. That musical interlude is not a chance for the congregation to notice how wonderful we all sound (although, we do sound pretty good if I can that…wink wink nudge nudge). The musical break exists for a chance for our heart to cry out to God – however that may look. So we sing with our understanding, “From the inside out, Lord my soul cries out” and then we have a musical break to leave space for our soul to cry out to God.

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