#1 Sing it out: The Bible says we are ‘to sing unto the Lord a new song’ seventeen times. If you study church history, new songs followed every great spiritual awakening. I laugh every time I hear people say, “I don’t like all this new music. I wish we’d go back to singing old-school traditional hymns.” I instantly reply, “Well, that’s great! How far back would you like to go? Do you want to go back to the Jewish melodies of the early church or maybe the Gregorian chants?” Did you know some of the greatest hymns were simply bar songs replaced with Christian lyrics? Similarly, we take popular beats heard at nightclubs and do the same. Why? They are relatable to those far from God or new to church. Worship is a response to the object of worship—God! Many lift their hands while singing. Maybe it makes you uncomfortable. What is a toddler’s natural response when they see their mom or dad? They reach up wanting to be held. When we lift our hands in worship we are saying, “God, I surrender my life to You. You are God, I am not”. Others put their hand over their heart. Maybe you stand like a statue—and that is fine—but sing to the Lord! I don’t care if you are tone deaf—praise His name!