Posture. Just the thought of it brings back vivid memories.
t the age of five, I remember sitting on a small stool, my parents in chairs behind me, and my brother standing behind them with his hand on my mother’s shoulder. Right before the photographer snapped my family’s portrait, she leaned to the right of her camera, smiled, and told me, “Sit up straight, you need to have good posture.”
Posture plays a significant role in our lives. How many times have you been told to stand up tall, sit up straight, lift with your legs, or “take those elbows off the table, young man?” I actually have a friend who will not date someone unless they have “good” posture. This may sound pretentious, but when someone has good posture, it’s a sign of respect to whomever they’re with or talking to.
While we subconsciously know posture is important in our day-to-day lives, it is often overlooked in our week-to-week worship gatherings. We stand with our hands in our pockets, looking at our watches, wondering what time we can leave and start our next adventure. It’s as if we forgot why we gathered.
Many of us attend our gatherings longing for God to reveal Himself to us, but we have it all wrong. Worship services were not created for us to get something from God, but to join together with other sinners, in need of the relentless grace bestowed on us, and respond to the audacious Savior that would love us enough to sacrifice Himself for wretches like us. If we understand this truth, not only will our lives change, but so will our posture.
When we come face to face with the truth that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” how can our lives not drastically alter? We will begin to live differently, like aliens in a foreign land; people will not be able to understand why we serve, give, love, challenge, and sacrifice in selfless ways. And, honestly, posture in the gatherings is as posture in the world does. If we are living fruitless lives, then our worship stance will mirror that life; but, if we are constantly reflecting on the statutes of our King, pondering the majesty He is dressed in, and serving Him with reckless abandon, our nonverbal singing stance has to be altered. If we have worshiped Him, then sing corporately to Him, and only Him, our gathering posture will change. Man, that is the party: where our friends, family, and “family” are gathered together to celebrate all He has done in us, through us, and in spite of us.
My prayer is that we will not worry what people think when we raise our hands, kneel in reverence, shout for joy, or stand in awe of Him. Rather, that we will be more aware of who He is, what He’s done, and how worthy He is. If we focus our attention on glorifying Him with our lives, then our posture will do as our posture has done.