What does it mean to "connect" in worship? As someone who spends a lot of time around people engaged in worship, I have been chewing on this question for a while.
When someone says to me "Wow – I really felt that song. I really worshiped." does that mean that they better achieved the goal of taking the focus off of themselves and placing it on God, or does it mean that they simply felt emotionally charged when they heard that song? For example, when an "oldie and goodie" is played in church, and suddenly people’s hands go up, or eyes close, or whatever… does that mean that they are closer to God at that moment, or are they simply experiencing a memory of the emotions they have felt the OTHER times they have worshiped to that song?
I am not asking this in an accusatory way… after all, I have times/settings/music that evoke more emotion in me than others. But, am I really WORSHIPING better?