Worship vs. Emotions? Let’s talk about this. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. I understand the idea that some Baptists don’t care for emotional worship or what they may call “emotionalism” substituting for worship. In the late 1970’s in my area, one of the local Baptist churches went “charismatic” and it turned off so many people and it basically colored the attitude towards worship of two entire large towns!!! I kid you not. We were all so afraid of the “charismatic movement” that, looking back, worship became and stayed very stoic. Not a blink. Not a voice above a whisper. The same stanza of the same hymns sang the same way all of the time. No one dared to lift a hand or say “amen” or “glory” or “praise God”. Worship became synonymous with silence, gravity, and the clamping down on one’s emotions. I’m not so sure that this is biblical worship. People in the bible were loud. When the people in exile saw the temple being rebuilt they shouted and the elders who had seen the former temple as young men wept so loudly that the bible says the sound could be heard for long distances. There was a lot of shouting and crying in the Old Testament. David poured his heart and guts out in very emotional psalms. Whether he was angry at his enemies or remorseful or in a praise mode, he was very emotional. Jesus, Himself, sweat drops of blood. He cried. He got angry with a righteous anger. I’m not saying that worship has to be emotional. That’s not the definition of worship. But I am asking what is wrong with hearing a song that moves you to weep and expressing thanks to God in that state? What’s wrong with hearing the bold truth from the pulpit and voicing your praise to God over that truth with an “amen” or “praise God”? What’s wrong with being so humbled in God’s presence when you pray that express yourself to Him with great joy and gladness? I do believe that one can be moved by a song or a sermon – moved to tears or an expression of emotion and still NOT be worshipping. Emotions are only connected with worship when you share your emotions with the God who made you. Acknowledging God’s Holiness and His attributes and exalting His name is the purpose of worship. Can’t one do that with or without publicly expressed emotions?