Be exalted in your strength, Lord; we will sing and praise your might. (Ps. 21:13)

I have always liked pomp and circumstance. Not just the graduation melody, but the feeling of ceremony. Things that signify special moments in our families and professional lives shouldn’t just slide by us; they should be marked with purpose and care. I can adopt a casual mentality, but I suppose my default mode is ceremonial.

I think our God accepts many types of sincere, Christ-honoring worship. He will not overlook sin or rebellious attitudes, but he will look at the heart of those who come to him with adoring, humble motives.

Some of us would love to worship in a cathedral with arched ceilings and stained glass and lofty music. We like ceremony and dignity, poetic words, and ethereal emotion. Others of us prefer a down-home approach with a warm, family vibe and casual dress, testimonial songs, and hugs from friends. And of course, there are many other genres of worship because there are many other ethnic groups around the world!

What one considers great worship may seem strange to another. But the important factor is the One we worship. He is the Exalted One. And whether we praise him with a washboard or a pipe organ, he hears the melody of adoration when our minds and hearts are focused on him.

Bring your worship to God; he hears hearts.

Valorie Quesenberry is a pastor’s wife and mom who lives in Indiana and likes to recharge with coffee and time with friends.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.