"Practice makes perfect!" I can't tell you how many times I heard it growing up. At some point, maybe college, I even heard the phrase refined to be "Practice makes permanent". Either way you say it, there's truth to it.
The way we practice is important. If we skip over missed notes and never correct them, then we will never hit the correct notes when we are performing. If we don't sing the correct lyrics when we are practicing, we will likely not sing the right words when we perform. It's during our practice, that we have the ability to take the time and get it right. Even now, as a parent teaching my children music, Chris and I will tell our daughter to practice like she is on the stage performing so that when she takes the stage, the performance aspect feels natural.
It's during our practice, that we have the ability to take the time and get it right.
So what about worshiping while we practice? Well, if we want to lead in others worship, we need to include that posture while we hammer out the notes. I know for me, it's a transformative paradigm. With work to be done, four kids to manage, meals to prepare, the day-to-day demands, it becomes a privilege to run through the lyrics and notes and acknowledge the King of kings, Prince of Peace, the "other in the fire", the "breakthrough miracle", the "good God almighty" and "the goodness of God". I might come to my practice time to check the next thing off my list, but then I leave my practice time encouraged and excited to lead others to the posture of a thankful heart. Corporate worship becomes an overflow of what God's already been stirring during my practice.
I might come to my practice time to check the next thing off my list, but then I leave my practice time encouraged and excited to lead others to the posture of a thankful heart.
Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise, God's presence is amplified! So why not amplify His presence in our practice time? Worship while you practice!
Practicing and Praising,
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