I love creative worship! This is one of my favorite things to do! This method is a little different than just cracking open your Bible and digging deeply into it. I would highly suggest everyone and anyone try this method. No matter who you are, if you are left or right brained, or if you are an artist or not! This method of studying the Bible is for everyone. This was something I did a lot in college but it wasn’t until my fiancé showed me how to really dig into this as a form of Bible study and worship. There are several forms of creative worship but I would highly suggest taking time to try each of these versions of creative worship!
This is a form of worship because God has given us our minds and our hearts. We are not just thinking beings but we are creative. God is a creative God! The first thing that we read in the Bible is that “in the beginning God created the heavens of the earth (Genesis 1:1)”. This was the first thing that we read that God did. And He didn’t just throw things together and call it good. God created the world perfect and beautiful. Every time the Bible records that God created something, it says that it was good. Then God created us. God said “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness (Genesis 1:26)”. He created us to be like Him. Again, it He didn’t just throw things together and call it good. In Paul writes in the book of Ephesians that he writes “for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10)”. That word workmanship in the Greek is the word “poema”. This is where we get our English word for poem. This translates to work of art or masterpiece. God created us to be His masterpiece! We are God’s work of art. That is the heart behind this kind of Bible study. God is a creative God and I think it is awesome to practice creativity like that!
There are several forms and types of creative worship and I am going to explain a few of them. I am going to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try all of these! You might not like all of them or any of them but how do you know that creative worship is not what God wanted you to do unless you try it! If you feel nervous or like you don’t want to try some or any of these forms of worship, find a safe place to try them. Get by yourself where no one can interrupt you and put on some worship music. If this is new to you, I would start by turning on some worship music, and sitting down with your journal and your Bible and praying and reading some scriptures. Get your heart into a place of worship, then your mind and body can join into that place of worship. God calls us to worship Him and love Him with all of your “heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind (Luke 10:27)”. Doing creative worship is a place where you can love God with all of you!
I mention this earlier, but these are some things that you can do to get yourself into a posture to do creative worship:
Pray: start with prayer and ask God to connect with you in a new and fresh way. Pray that you would not get stuck in insecurities or anything but would be full engaged with the Holy Spirit. Pray that the Lord would guide you the whole time.
Turn on worship or instrumental music: this helps focus your thoughts on God!
Get into a space by yourself: if creative worship is a new thing for you, then you might want to be in a space where you are able to completely release to the Lord and let Him lead you. If you have done creative worship before, then it can be fun to do this with family or friends and share what God is saying to you!
Read some scripture and have your journal near you: let the Holy Spirit guide you. If you are going through something specific, you might want to look up verses that relate to that topic.
Now let’s look at some different ways to worship creatively. Again, I would recommend trying all of these at some point in the next week or so.
#1. Drawing and Painting:
Art is a beautiful form of worship. Grab some paper or a canvas and either some paint or pens and pencils! Let the Holy Spirit lead! You don’t have to be an artist to be able to worship God with art. Take your time and pray through it. You can paint or draw a shape, nature, people, or just use abstract color! A great way to get your feet wet into painting and drawing is getting a coloring book and going trough that! There are some really good ones that go through the Psalms or other verses. Now this is not just arts and crafts time. This is specifically to worship God. You can write out a verse and paint what you think that verse means. You can paint how you are feeling and give it to the Lord to heal that area of your heart. I like to paint or draw what I saw when the Lord gives me visions.
Here is a list of colors and what their spiritual meanings are. If you are using a coloring book, or painting or drawing, this is a tool that you could use to learn how to share your heart with the Lord.
Red: Anointing, Wisdom, Redemption
Blue: Revelation, Communion
Silver: Redemption, Grace
Yellow: Gifts, Hope
Pink: Childlessness, Love
Gray: Maturity, Honor
White: Righteousness, Holiness
Singing to the Lord might seem a little more natural because if you attend church, then there will be a time where we sing to the Lord and we call it worship. Singing and music is worship, but it is not the only way to worship! For you, singing to the Lord could look like turning on worship music and singing to the Lord. Or it could look like you singing worship songs that you know by yourself. It could also look like singing a new song to the Lord. That doesn’t mean you have to write music, it just means that you sing out whatever words are on your heart. Sing the verses that are impacting you or sing your prayers. You could use instrumental music or sing along to worship music. Let the Lord hear your heart through your voice!
For some, this is the scariest and most vulnerable form of creative worship. As a dancer, I love this form of worship, but I was taught how to worship dance by someone who is not a dancer. Whether you are a great dancer or not, you can still worship dance! Worship dance is a way to completely worship God with your, heart, your soul, your mind, and your body! Some ways to try worship through dancing is by turning on some music and just going for it! It could be the smallest of moments or as big as you want it to be. When I am dancing for worship, I tend to start just on my knees and praying. I ask God how He wants me to move, and when I have heard from Him, then I start getting to my feet and moving.
One way that we like to worship dance as a RR cast, is that we write down, just a word or two, on sheets of paper things that we are praying for. We write names of family members or friends, we write topics like ‘finances’ or ‘healthy marriages’, and we write down miracles that we are praying for like ‘healings’. We write down all the words that are on our hearts then we take all of those papers and lay them over the floor. Then we turn on some music and take time to dance a pray over each one of the words. This is something that you can do in your living room. This type of worship is so powerful and it is when you truly let go and let God lead you is when incredible break through happens!
These were just three forms of creative worship, but there are others you can do and try! My challenge to you is that you try to do all three types of creative worship in the next week or so!