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Emotion: The Gift of the Spirit

 

There is something about worship music that completely overtakes me. As I lift my hands up in praise and as I worship Him with the congregation, I am always overcome with intense emotion. I feel the music deep in soul as it bubbles up. I become filled with the words of praise and I weep. Every. Single. Time.

I remember noticing this when I was about fifteen years old at my youth group. We would always begin and end the night with praise and worship and I would always bawl my eyes out. As a teen, I felt like an anomaly; I felt strange. I would question my emotions. I would be thinking, Why am I crying? No one else is crying. I would try to distract myself during the music so I would not cry. I would try to block out the words of the song so I would not be overcome with emotion. I was self-conscious and I doubted myself.

But one day, I remember it clearly, one of my youth group leaders and I were talking and I mentioned to her that I would always cry during worship music. I explained to her of my self-doubt. But she said something that has stuck with me for the last ten years: “Your emotional expression is a Gift of the Spirit.” This simple declaration completely floored me. She went on to explain that when our hearts are touched by the Holy Spirit, we simply cannot help but release this emotion. Our earthly bodies are simply not capable of containing the immensity of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies find ways of cathartic release—and for me it is through crying.

Today’s Psalm completely echoes of this notion:

“Oh sing to the Lord a new song.”
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord.”
“With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!”

All of Heaven and earth sings His praises. Even when we picture the angels in Heaven, what do they always have with them? Harps and trumpets. God’s Own angels in Heaven are constantly singing His praises! It only fits that when we sing His praises on earth we catch a glimmer of the perfect sounds of the angels. It is as if during worship music, the heavens part and the angels sing with us and the Holy Spirit is called.

Now whenever I am lifting my arms in praise and singing with my brothers and sisters, I allow my emotions to pour out. I feel no shame. I feel no embarrassment. I feel connected to the complete faithfulness of our Lord. It is beautiful. Do you feel overcome with emotion when you sing His praises? Is there anything you do in the name of the Lord that completely overtakes you?

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Samantha Aguinaldo-Wetterholm is a wife, mom, and soon-to-be-dentist currently living in San Francisco, California. You can find out more about her here.

34 Comments

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    Bongie
    May 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I sometimes cry too and sometimes make some sound as if ululating and one Pastor laid hands on me thinking its demonic……it happens mostly in praising and worshiping in church.

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      Virtuous
      September 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      I think you’re speaking in tongues, honey!

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        Anonymous
        November 15, 2017 at 3:22 am

        I have just recently started speaking in tongues. When I do, I weep. Uncontrollable weeping and there is no want to stop it. I googled tonight and found this blog. My purpose was to see why. Why do I weep? I’ve prayed over 4 people in this language and the same thing happens. I’m green so someone tell me what’s happening. Please?

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      Anonymous
      November 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      The same thing happens to me, I’ve been prayed over more than once a rebuking of the devil. It complety confuses me.

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        Anonymous
        November 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

        Hey . What yot have received is an immense gift, when you speak in tongues you enter the spiritual realm and speak things that the enemy cannot understand. Your spirit becomes one with the Holy Spirit. I believe weeping is utter brokenness before God and leads to spiritual edification. Look at it this way; Jesus in the garden wept and cried to God and as a result angels came and ministered to Him because of the task he had at hand-dying on the cross. When you weep, your spirit is edified and speaking in tongues allows the Spirit to interceed for your present and even future. When you want to weep, weep it is a manifestation of the Holy spirit. Do not quench the Spirit or the tears, let it all out. Be blessed.

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          Anonymous
          November 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

          Oh thank you! This answered things exactly how I needed to hear it at this moment ❤

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    Chiquita
    June 10, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I cry everytime too. I felt self conscious about it because others around me would feel compelled to dance, yell and shout. I feel like dancing often times but im on usherboard wedged in the middle of a row with no space to shout and dance how i feel i want to but i ALWAYS just end up drenched in tears. Not because of sadness but because im grateful. God is good all the time. Even now as im laying in bed I feel like shouting but i dont want to wake the kids. My throat is burning from holding it in. Thank you Jesus!!!

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    Maxzine Grandison
    June 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I cry & start sweating very very heavy, it is the ANOINTING OF GOD Ana THE GLORY OF GOD that is consuming your THE HOLY SPIRIT is filling you up to the TOP, IT IS FOR OTHERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GOD

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    Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 12:48 am

    So thankful to read your article! I, too, cry every single time and also wondered why?! I have been so embarrassed by this and try to secretly wipe tears. I’m glad to hear why and that it’s not completely unusual. I will begin embracing this!

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    Gus able
    July 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I can’t sing hallelujah without balling my eyes out. I just heard kari Kobe forever for the first time and when she sings Hallelujah the lamb is overcome!!! It just touches my heart

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      Anonymous
      November 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Me either! Thanks for sharing.

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    Sheri
    July 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I could have written this myself. Finally, an answer! Thank you!

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    Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I cry each time I hear something about God that touches me or has a deep meaning, I can’t control it, it comes out and I can’t put an emotion to it I just cry like someone is touching my soul. Is it Jesus? The Holy Spirit? Or both?.

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      Jen
      October 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      I do too. Every. Single. Time. Today it was when an elder was thanking our pastor. Then everyone stood and started clapping , and tears were just pouring down my face. Everyone else was happy and I was so overcome with emotion. Glad it’s not just me!

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    Jeanette Joseph
    September 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Every time I hear the word of God preached, I cry. I cannot stop it.

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    Maxzine
    September 11, 2017 at 4:31 am

    I do this every time I am at church, I GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND PRAISE!!!!!!!!! I JUST HUMBLE MYSELF BEFORE HIM!!!!!!!!!!

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    N morales
    September 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I’m so happy I read this article I was always trying to hold my tears in and break focus to not cry.. Now I won’t and ill embrace the Holy spirit. Amen

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    Nina
    September 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I cry but…..this has happened to me several times. When I’m really into my prayer during worship and the song if very meaningful to me I begin to praise harder and then I cry but sometimes I will blackout and once I hit the floor my eyes open and I’m stuck on the floor crying so hard but for a few minutes I can’t move. This happened very often. I know it’s the holy Spirit because I can just feel it in my heart. I can’t feel the spirit rush in and out of my body. It is truly and amazing experience but I cannot find anything that can explain why it happened to me so often.

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    Melanie
    October 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Bless you are sharing this! This in itself is an answer to my prayer! To know others actually share this emotion through song. I cry every single time at church during worship. From a young age. It’s plagued my why I can’t get through a song without crying. Most times I concentrate so hard on trying not to cry, because of embarrassment, that I can’t concentrate fully on worshiping God. My husband always asks me what’s wrong, and I say I don’t know! Nothing, actually! I sort of feel at peace now knowing I’m not the only one. Praise God!

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    David
    October 10, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I am a (Male)pastor and I have learned that the Holy Spirit brings such a sensitivity and compassion to us. My heart is moved quite easily to cry. I attended a funeral recently and the family, most of which I didn’t know began to mourn as they were closing the casket. Hearing them hurt cause my heart to hurt for them and I had fight to keep from weeping.
    There is brother in the congregation, we tease each other about….”manning up” we both are easily moved! I guess it could be embarrassing but I have learned that it is something that the Holy Spirit works in those whose hearts He has touched!!!!

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    Shish
    October 11, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I feel like this too. For me it started when i was an adult. I was raised in a christian home but things happened and i became an atheist because i believed God did not care about me. But one day i was listening to a pastor on T.V and he was singing a praise song and i just started crying and i could not help myself. I thought i was being emotional but now i know i wasn’t . Thank you!! Shish from Kenya.

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    Zoolu
    October 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    An answer i was looking for ! I recently started to attend a christian church “ well more like Congregation” and eveytime i go i feel the need to cry and when worshiping our god and when singing along. I have try to hide it and blink a lot so people do not notice and I really was embarrassed because i asked myself the same question, Omg why am i crying? What is happening? I now know that it is our holy spirit, our GOD touching my heart and i will praise to him with everything i got! And i will let my emotions run wild because it is for him!

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    Linda Lopez
    October 16, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so happy to hear I’m not the only one who feels this way…at night when I pray I sometimes get very emotional…speaking to our Lord..I don’t know I just feel so blessed..so full of joy its a great feeling..does anyone feel the same way ?

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    UM
    October 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I am so thankful that I googled this question i felt very alone & embarrassed thank you!

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    Anonymous
    October 23, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Amen thank you LORD Jesus for loving us so much, its so refreshing.

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    anne cosgrove
    October 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    so glad I googled this I received God’s calling a few months ago and got this urge to attend church and have been for the past couple of months and so glad I did. But I also would cry when singing and praying and felt embarrassed now I will embrace it. I could never understand why I got overwhelmed now I do

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    Joshua
    October 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I’ve always found when I worship I start to weep and weep. Not with joy but with incredible pain and grief. I don’t consider myself an overly emotional kind of guy but worship rips my heart asunder and all I can feel is wave of hurt after wave of hurt. I don’t know why but if any of you could shed some light on this I’d be glad for some insight.

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      vanessa
      November 1, 2017 at 2:49 am

      i get the same exact way too. im filled with grief and i weep uncontrollably. i think its cuz we feel ashamed for the life we’ve lived and for hurting Jesus. We appreciate what Jesus has done for us on the cross and emotions overtake us and we can’t control it, because deep down inside, we know we deserved to be nailed to the cross and not Jesus. i see it as a good sign of the Holy Spirit working in us, allowing us to repent and appreciate what Jesus has done for us. But thats just my opinion because thats how i often feel. i have a lot of grief thinking about Jesus suffering on my behalf and i know i deserved to be on that cross and not my innocent precious beautiful Jesus.

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    Cath
    November 2, 2017 at 3:00 am

    I have just finished bawling my eyes out while having some quiet worship time and listening to worship songs. I seem to cry hard for a few seconds, tears pouring down my face, then an overwhelming peace fills me and I suddenly stop crying. Then the crying starts up again and this goes on for a while crying on and off. I absolutely feel it’s the Holy Spirit. When I first gave my heart to God, and began crying during worship I would feel hurt and pain too but after a while (and it did take a while) the pain went. I do think it has something with letting my past go and asking forgiveness for all the things I have done in the past. I guess it’s like a healing period. Now when I cry during worship, I just feel blessed 🙂

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      Claudia
      November 19, 2017 at 3:27 am

      I googled because I don’t understand why I cry either.. first time I came to Christ, I went to a Bible study that my friend has invited me to. My life was a mess, I was so miserable and I was tired of life. My friend invited me to the Bible study and my words to use were”what do I have to lose” and I went. The whole time I was there I felt like everything the pastor talked about referred to me and I was trying so hard not to cry. I’m one of those persons that once they start crying, nothing can make them stop. So I’m sitting there holding in my tears wishing for it to sin be over so I don’t lose it and start sobbing. When it was finally over, the pastor said she wanted to pray over me and I agreed. I couldn’t take it anymore and I started sobbing uncontrollably. So I’m being prayed over and all of a sudden I feel a tremendous peace come over me. My tears stopped and I couldn’t cry, I was in shock with what was going on. From that day on, I believe. I’ve always wondered if anyone else had ever felt that.

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    Anonymous
    November 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I cry all the time, listening to sermon or worshiping. JUst wondering if there is something wrong with me.
    When I see people get baptist I cry and during Good Friday service I cry because I feel so sad for Jesus dying on the cross for us. What is wrong with me?? I felt embarrassed as I am always in tears at church. I try very hard not to show the 😭

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    Vanessa
    November 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I almost always cry a little bit. And recently noticed my right hand starts to shake when I pray. Thursday night at church I started crying and couldn’t stop. I started sweating and my ears and face and neck were on fire. When praise and worship was over and I sat down, it instantly ceased. God is amazing and I get closer to Him every day. Thank you Jesus for these fellow Christians.

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      Claudia
      November 19, 2017 at 3:24 am

      I googled becaus me to. My life was a mess, I was so miserable and I was tired of life. My fri Claudetteend invited me to the Bible study and my words to use were”what do I have to lose” and I went. The whole time I was there I felt like everything the pastor talked about referred to me and I was trying so hard not to cry. I’m one of those persons that once they start crying, nothing can make them stop. So I’m sitting there holding in my tears wishing for it to sin be over so I don’t lose it and start sobbing. When it was finally over, the pastor said she wanted to pray over me and I agreed. I couldn’t take it anymore and I started sobbing uncontrollably. So I’m being prayed over and all of a sudden I feel a tremendous peace come over me. My tears stopped and I couldn’t cry, I was in shock with what was going on. From that day on, I believe. 😊 @ Cath, I’ve always wondered if this was something other people experienced.. this was my first and only time.

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    Stacey
    November 19, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I am very encouraged by this. Just today at a women’s conference I was crying because of the emotion of the topic. Then we started worship and I felt like wailing! And I fought and fought to not wail, so much I even had a small face twitch and my voice wasn’t coming out to sing. I have been scared it is a demon bothering me but I know that is impossible because I am filled with the Holy Spirit and am of God. Thank you for this encouraging blog. I know now not to be embarrassed or ashamed of my blubbering or mistake it for evil. The Lord will do great work through those who humble before Him.

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