We’ve been created to worship. It is who we are. We are worshipers. It has been built into our very nature. But, How do we worship? Where should our worship come from?
John 4:23-24 (The Message Translation) says that, “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for; those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship. God is sheer being itself – Spirit. Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” Simply put, we must worship God from the very essence of who we are. God delights in the praises of His people, especially when we have all been created differently. But we must worship from our heart. True worship resounds from the most inner most parts of our being – our heart. It is from our heart that true worship comes. Whatever our life is focused on will receive our worship. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Worship must, first and foremost, come from the heart.
The fact of the matter is, our good music and song selections won’t cause true and powerful worship to “magically” happen. We can have the best music, musicians, songs, but if our heart isn’t in it, isn’t focused on worshiping our Glorious God, then our congregational worship settings become nothing more than song services. It is our heart that longs after our God and desires to worship Him with our whole selves that breathes life into our times of worship. We were just talking about this in our youth service on Sunday night, and I told our youth that all could be going wrong on a technical level with our music, sound, songs, but if our hearts our in the right place, then it doesn’t matter how good or bad things are going, God will still move. We don’t have to be the best musicians or the best singers. All we need is a right heart – a heart so filled with the love of God that we can’t help but return that love back in shouts of praise and worship to Him. I am not saying, however, that we can slack off on the technical aspects of our worship, but we have to watch that becoming the only focus in times of worship.
God desires that we get to a place where we are so focused on Him that the music can “fade away” and nothing else matters because our hearts are in a place that they need to be – totally focused on Him. I encourage you to take the things we have talked about in the past e-mails and focus your heart on God in our congregational times of worship – for it is from the heart that true worship springs forth, our true selves in adoration to Him, our Glorious God of all creation. Remember – it is not because of anything that we do that makes worship happen, it is because of Him. We are lead worshipers; the Holy Spirit is the true worship leader.
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