What Makes Corporate Worship Truly Meaningful?

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When was the last time you heard, "Worship was awesome today!"

As long as the drum kit didn't fall over, your band was in the same key, and you didn't miss every lyric, you probably heard it.

But what makes worship awesome? What makes it meaningful for people? What makes it effective for the gathered people of God?

When I categorize a worship set as "awesome," it has something to do with a solid band, my favorite songs, well-programmed lighting and hands in the air. There's a direct correlation between the work we put in and the results we see.

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However, what does God do in corporate worship? What is the Spirit's responsibility? What activity can we only attribute to Jesus and His work?

A Returning

Let's pull back for a moment. Let's not talk about how great worship was on Sunday. Let's not talk about how powerful that song was. Let's not idolize our favorite worship leaders.

Let's talk about Jesus. Let's return to His majesty, His beauty, the wonder of His Name. Let's exalt, draw attention to and celebrate all He is and all He's doing.

Before we immerse ourselves in the weekly responsibility of leading corporate worship, let's talk about what Jesus does. Because that may just make us better leaders.

The more we see of Him, the less we'll need to be absorbed in ourselves. Because seeing Him will satisfy and silence every desperate longing for attention. A clearer vision of Christ changes everything.


  • Opens eyes that are blind.
  • Reveals the heart of the Father.
  • Helps us see what God has done.
  • Moves in power.
  • Leads us into the presence of God.
  • Brings healing.
  • Awakens hearts.
  • Offers second chances.
  • Rejoices over us with singing.
  • Shows us what God is like.
  • Lifts the broken.
  • Comforts the widow.
  • Restores relationship.
  • Welcomes the outcast.
  • Encourages the weary.
  • Speaks truth.
  • Saves the lost.

What we need to do is amplify it, shine a light upon it. We get too caught up in our excellence, our songs, our look, our sound, ourselves.

Beyond our hard work and planning is an ever-present, all-sufficient Savior who can do all things.

Let's get back to amplifying the greatness and the majesty of Jesus.

David Santistevan is a worship pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This article originally appeared at davidsantistevan.com.

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