One of the most deepest and most impactful revelations I’ve had in my Christian walk is on the topic of worship. There’s so much to say about it and it affects us to the core of our identity and existence because in fact, we were created to worship God.
So the truth is, if we are not worshipping God, we will be worshipping something or someone else. That is the great exchange we all have made in sin that the Apostle Paul speaks about in the opening of his letter to the Romans. That we have “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).
What is the heart of worship?
So, what is worship to God? What is the heart of worship? Given the vernacular we use as Christians and context we find ourselves in, we may easily mistaken worship to mainly be in the singing of praise music. Consider for a moment that we call the portion of singing and songs to be led by the “worship” team and the person leading the singing to be the “worship leader.” When we share how the “worship was powerful,” is it not mainly in regards to the musical portion of service? But the true heart of worship is way beyond the music.
Yes, music can move us. Music can bring us together. Music can change us. Music is so powerful. I love music. But for us as Christians, our hearts must always go beyond the music and remain on Christ.
In particular, for those who are on the worship team, musicians and singers, we can easily get lost in the music. And honestly, sometimes, it could feel so good and so right but in fact, it may not be true worship.
Worship is not primarily about having an experience. Although we do experience much through it. Worship is something we do for God. Worship is something we give to God. It is a response, it is an offering, it is a sacrifice.
As Romans 12:1 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
This is the heart of worship. It is the giving and surrendering of our entire lives, our bodies, our everything to God. If we have a healthy and biblical heart of worship, we will understand and be transformed in all that we say, do and think. Everything we say and do says something about the God we believe and presents us in giving proper or improper worship.
As we come together to worship God, let us always make sure to keep our minds set on Christ and on the things above and never let the music drown out our vision of Christ.
The Heart Of Worship (Lyrics)
by Matt Redman
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath