For the last couple of weeks my husband and I have been talking about worship. More specifically, we have been reflecting on what exactly people mean when they use the term “anointed worship.” Is there really such a thing? If so, what determines whether worship is considered anointed or not? I find no verse in the Bible that speaks of this.
Is worship considered anointed because it produces a feeling? If so, haven’t we all been in meetings where we “felt” something during the worship but it is evident that others did not? Is worship anointed because you experienced something nice? Steven and I watched a worship video and we admittedly observed remarkable talent. We observed the lighting, the theatrical movements, the singers, the sounds, etc. We agreed that for many, this would be considered anointed. But, we couldn’t help but wonder if it really was more of a production passing itself off as anointed. Isn’t it rather self serving to want to feel something when worshiping God? If that is the goal, then doesn’t it become about us and not Jesus? Of course, the Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people, but worship is not for me to feel good, it is to glorify Jesus.
We’ve come to the conclusion that worship is a heart issue. If you have a heart for God then all worship is anointed – if, in fact, there really is such a thing. The anointing is not produced by a certain song or manipulated atmosphere. Rather it comes from places like a cold, damp, smelly prison cell. It is when the foundations shake and prison doors are thrown open because the saints, with bleeding stripes and surrendered wills, chose to exalt God in the midst of their suffering. That is anointed worship.