Episode 26 - Science Supports Physical Worship
In Episode 26 of Worship Moments, Dr. Wyrick explains how science back up the importance of physical worship.
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In the last video I talked about how we are embodied spirits and that our worship needs to involve our bodies as well as our minds and heart. Today I am going to back that up with a little science.
Studies have shown that the posture we take will affect our mood, our brain function, our hormone levels, and even our decision making. Just do a quick google search on posture and health, mood or thinking and notice how many articles show up.
Something as simple as smiling can make you feel happier. Taking a confident pose will make you feel and think more confidently.
Not only that but our posture impacts our message. Try telling someone you love them while frowning and crossing your arms. Which will they believe? Your body language or your words?
So what does this have to do with worship?
Simply this: the postures you take in worship will impact your emotions and thinking. If you restrict your body during worship – then you restrict your emotions and possibly even your thinking. And your body language speaks louder than your words. If you sing “Hallelujah” while looking bored, you send mix messages to your brain and to anyone who sees you and even to God, who created your body.
God made you a physical being and you cannot set that aside when you worship Him. God wants all of you – not just your mind. Take a moment now to worship God and take a posture that reflects whatever you want to say to Him. Allow your body to worship along with your mind.