Sometimes during worship, I fail to find words to encompass what I have to say to God in my head. During those moments I can just think of melodies in my head, so I just scat them out, since I sometimes don't have a keyboard/guitar on hand.

 

So is it alright to scat as a form of worship? Because the Bible warns against babbling and the word "scat" itself means "feces"

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It's expected but unfortunate and common that some words in our English language also have dual meanings elsewhere, and can certainly be twisted to mean other things that they're not, just like a handful of innocent words now are overly sensitized because they're not "PC"... Anyway, we don't call it scatting on our worship teams or in my band, referring to the improvisational singing. We always use a term like "prophetic singing" or "singing in the spirit", which is Biblical, and is like worshiping in prayer when you don't have the words - just your spirit connecting and singing to the Holy Spirit. This subject can easily get all junked up and over analyzed from different doctrines, but I don't want to start that here. :-) ... I believe that when your heart is pure when you're worshiping, singing in the spirit comes through as such. When you're just trying to fill out a song with flair, then you're getting into the performance of worshiping, which isn't edifying and just draws attention to yourself and not to the glory of God. Singing in the spirit doesn't have to be done in tongues, and often is not done in tongues. It's whatever the Lord gives you to sing forth. Sometimes it's sweet and barely audible. Sometimes it can be intense warfare.. taking back what the enemy's stolen, and so on!

One of the very best experiences I've been blessed to have been a part of singing in the spirit was about 7 years ago. Myself and one other woman showed up to a worship practice when practice had been canceled and we didn't know about it. It was only us, and our worship director. Instead of going over the actual music, we just started flowing in the spirit in worship, wanting nothing more than to praise Jesus and pour out. Within a short time, the three of us were worshiping in and out of all sorts of melodies and runs and prayers, but it all meshed together, even sometimes in a round. At one point, I was not even verbalizing a prayer and the director answered my prayer through singing, answering the points in my prayer verbatim, one by one! It was an amazing time. ... And all of that was done without anyone around, with no agenda, no performance... just seeking His face and worshiping in His throne room.

So I would encourage you to sing out what He places upon your heart, and don't try to stuff it down (especially in your own time of personal worship outside of "church"). Much can be birthed from that deep worship, and sent into the heavenlies to bring fruit. If you know His voice, you'll know how to do it, and when it's appropriate. If you're not the worship leader that morning or at all, you might also want to check with them or your pastor to make sure it's ok, too, in that setting, to be respectful of them and the congregation.
Our own vocabularly is very limited when it comes finding all the words we desire to praise our God, and that is when, I believe, the Holy Spirit helps us out by giving us a unique way to pour out our hearts in worship. It may sound babbling to you, but to our God, it will sound beautiful. The fact that you are asking this question shows that you have a humble heart and that your heart is in the right place. God Bless you and your praise.
Thanks for the encouraging words!

About that line: "It may sound like babbling to you, but to our God, it will sound beautiful," I've heard that train of thought once before, and that was when I was at a Conference and they were trying to get people to speak in tongues. I'm a little against such things because I don't really believe that everyone has the gift (since 1 Conrinthians 12 implies as such). To clarify, what I meant by scat is almost like a sort of "instrumental" thing, if you will.
Shane, this is a great explanation of tongues: http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/vod/BIO_080609_WS&...
Hmmm... Yeah, I once struggled with those exact same issues mentioned in the video, but I've since reasoned and prayed and God has settled me in those things.

But let's not get into that. The point is: Thanks for sharing that =)
You're welcome.
Hi Shane, I understand what you mean, by 'scat', as I do music with a fabulous jazz musician who uses scat all the time - which is why I didn't used the term singing in tongues. I strongly believe God is using the natural talents that you have, to enhance your praise to Him. What you are doing is expressing from your heart, your love for Him, in a very special and unique way. I for one, think this is a gift from God, and would encourage you to keep on praising Him in this beautiful way. God Bless. Lorraine
Shane - you're right. Not everyone has the gift of tongues. Further, to say "it might sound like babble to you, but to God it is beautiful" is not biblical. Paul made it abundantly clear that speaking in tongues was to be accompanied by interpretation.

So you're saying that you don't know what to say, so you play it out?
Something like that, yeap
Stevo, you are right about what Paul said, but he never said (as far as I know) anything about singing in tongues.....besides, we are not talking about speaking/singing in tongues in this thread.

I stand by what I have said about it being beautiful to God, I am sure you worship in your own way, and your way will be just as beautiful to God.
But Shane did bring it up and I was responding to that.

Also, I assume this is in a corporate setting - perhaps wrongly. So it's not about what's good for you or I how it's beautiful between me and God - we're there to help others worship and sometimes offer gifts of worship that edify them - as in solos. So I would think there are some acts that a worship leader might feel like performing that are not appropriate on Sunday morning only because they are so completely personal.

That being said, I'm sure there's nothing wrong with some vocal soloing.
Yes, sorry, you were responding to Shane...........I guess that I thought the opposite of you, in that, I assumed it was for personal worship. I often sing in the Spirit when alone with God and can't find enough words to praise our heavenly Father, and for me this is a beautiful experience. When in a corporate setting, it really does vary (as I do worship in different churches/denominations) and that is where I have to be ultra senstive............

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