Worship should be emotional.
You hear worship pastors, pastors, and conservative Christians say worship is not about “a feeling”.
And it’s not. But that doesn’t mean that worship of a Great and Mighty God should be flat and stagnant either.
The only way to sense the Presence of God is with your Spirit, which often could be confused as an emotional experience, because we only sense the things of the Spirit with our Spirit, and the entity of our Soul lives inside the hollow shells of flesh.
Jesus says to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
Our heart first of all, because it is the foundation of all our emotions.
Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.
Desperately wicked. Deceitful.
Two words we wouldn’t consider to apply to our hearts.
And yet, so fitting.
When I searched for the verse reference using “The heart is deceitful” a French movie popped up before the verse in Jeremiah.
From what I researched briefly, the movie is about a boy named Jeremiah who lives with his very worldly mother and pretty much hits on every point of sin.
Our society is heavily saturated with worldly pleasures.
We love them.
We revel in them.
We desire them.
And God tells us first in Deuteronomy to love Him with our desperately wicked heart.
Jesus Christ tells us to love him with all of our deceitful heart.
To desire Him.
To revel in Him.
To chase after Him.
Worship should glorify God. It should magnify God. It should be a time when ALL of us reaches out to ALL of Him. Engaging Him from the depths of our heart, with all of our emotions and fixing our hearts entirely on the Living God.
Emotions that otherwise seek out sin, SHOULD be focused 100% on God. It’s why He asks for our hearts first. Our heart is full of desires, longings and wants.
Hone in those desires, longings and wants and center them entirely on Christ, and worship of our Triune God.
Sometimes the perception of the Holy Spirit could be a feeling. A drawing, an awareness that something is moving us. To someone who does not understand how to explain this concept, they may describe it as a “feeling”.
There is nothing wrong with this. They’re expressing an experience they have had with their God. It should be celebrated! Teach them later what it means.
Worship God, with all of your heart, your soul, and your mind. Move in the Spirit, allow the Holy Spirit to move in YOU, love Him, adore Him, fall to your knees in awe of Him, allow the entirety of your being to reach out and Glorify the One True God. The Holy Spirit is our Gift, sent to us by Christ Himself, and it is beautiful to give yourself over to Him in worship.