1 Corinthians 14:16-19
1Co 14:16 If this does not happen — if you are only praising in the spirit — how can a person filling the place beside you who is not skilled in the language say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
1Co 14:17 Because you are giving thanks appropriately, but the other person is not being built up.
1Co 14:18 I thank God that I speak in other languages more than all of you;
1Co 14:19 but within an assembly I want to speak five words with my mind, in order to teach others also, rather than 10,000 words in another language.
the focus of worship
We know from Paul’s writings that he was conversant in at least five languages, so his boast was quite accurate that he knew languages more than all the Corinthians. The linguists who made a point of praying or singing in foreign languages in the Corinthian fellowships had nothing on Paul. But Paul had decided to never do that. To him, worship was not about proving that you were smarter than others. When Paul prayed, he wanted others around him to join in, saying “Amen.” Public worship is public ministry. It is not intended to draw attention to the worshipper. It is supposed to focus on God.
LORD, help us to get out of the way so you can be worshipped. May our worship teach others about you.