Our lives wouldn’t be complete without God. During our worship services, we have a chance to express how much we love Him. Sometimes it looks like exuberant shouting and dancing and at other times it looks like praying quiet whispers of the heart. No matter how different they are, they are all natural overflows when we think about who Christ is and what He’s done for us. We also see these expressions in the history of the Bible.
We pray out loud together just as they did in the book of Acts: "They lifted up their voice to God with one accord." Acts 4:24
We lift our hands in praise because the psalmist writes, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord." Psalm 134:2
We sing with all our hearts because in Psalm 84, it says, "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth. Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." Psalm 98:4
We dance before the Lord because in Psalm 150, we read, "Praise him with the timbrel and dance, praise him with stringed instruments and organs." Psalm 150:4
We testify publicly because it says "I will declare your name to my people, in the assembly I will praise you” in Psalm 22:22.
We anoint with oil for divine healing because it was modeled in the Bible. "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:14
We allow the operation of the gifts because in 1 Corinthians, Paul says "When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation." 1 Corinthians 14:26