Coming Back to the Heart

April 30, 2020

I want to try and keep this blog relatively short today because I’d love for you to do something in a few minutes which is far more important than you reading what I’ve written, either on your own, or with your family if they’re around you. If they’re not with you right now but are in your house, why not go and get them and bring them back and read this together. Today I want to ask you the question what does it mean to worship God? How do you do that? Talk about that amongst yourselves for a moment.

 

I don’t know about you but when I think of worship, my mind goes straight away to songs like we sing on a Sunday. I’m not very good at singing and certainly am not confident at it. In the office when Emily, Rob and Sam are all belting out tunes, I’m the one sat quietly in the corner not joining in. But I absolutely love sung worship! Long periods of sung worship like at the 6:30pm service or at New Wine or other conferences are some of the highlights of my week and year. If there’s worship music on in the office, I’ll probably be worshipping away in my head, just not out loud. I LOVE worshipping because as we do, we so often see God move in incredible ways both in our lives and in the lives of others. And as we worship, it God talks to us. And as we worship, it brings freedom and healing from pain, both emotional and physical. I have a playlist on my phone of all my favourite worship songs and will often worship away as I drive into work and home again. Do you have a favourite worship song? Maybe you have more than one! Perhaps it’s been one that you’ve loved for years, or maybe the song just came out in the last 12 months. Why not chat about that in your family groups and find out what other’s top worship songs are!

 

Let me tell you the story of how one of my favourite worship songs came about, and actually, I think it starts off quite sadly! A church leader realised that he and his church were forgetting what the real meaning of worship was, so he decided that they would stop all sung worship for a season. That’s right, no singing at all! Instead, they would sit with their Bibles and voices only. It was odd to start with, but it quickly grew into something really powerful. This season went on for a little while and the church began to fully understand and hold on to what worship really was. They realised that worship isn’t just about singing songs (although they are really important and I don’t want to suggest they’re not), it’s about how we live our whole lives as an act of glorifying God. We can do this by reading the Bible, by spending time with people, praying, serving others, even playing football with your mates, or making crafts, or cooking food can be an act of worship if it is done for the glory of God and in the presence of God. Everything and anything you do can be an act of worship! One day the worship leader of the church was at home praying and playing his guitar. A song started to form which summed up everything which had been going on and the journey himself and the church had been on. He played it to the church one Sunday. The song had a real impact as it described the true meaning of worship. As a result, it brought the church out of that season and into something new, where they fully understood what it meant to worship God in every way. The congregation came back to the heart of worship which is to glorify God in everything we do, and giving over everything we have for Him. It’s not about music. It’s not about words. It’s about coming before God, in all that we do. Knowing that before God we are really small and imperfect, yet we are loved so, so much by Him. Knowing that what we bring to Him in worship, will never be enough to express how much He deserves. That church was Soul Survivor Watford. That church leader, Mike Pilavachi. That worship leader, Matt Redman. That song, The Heart of Worship.

 

The Heart of Worship is a beautiful song, and one of those for me that always takes me into the presence of God. And I want to use the lyrics of that song to challenge you today to think about how you worship. How do you view worship? When do you worship? One of the biggest revelations I had in my life was in a conversation (or several actually) with someone who was mentoring me at the time. I was about 15 and through conversations with him, I started to properly realise that you can worship at any time, in any place, and whatever you’re doing, as long as it is all for the glory of God and you are intentional in doing so.

 

Below is a YouTube link to the song The Heart of Worship, along with the lyrics. What I’d love you to do now is to pray and invite the Holy Spirit to come and meet with you again. Then I’d like you to play the song and just spend time with God. Listen to the words. Listen to God. What is He saying to you today? Is He giving you any pictures or words for yourself or others? This isn’t something just for adults, kids get involved too because He loves hanging out with you! Talk to Him about worship and how you worship, what do you find easy or hard? Let God talk back too, prayer is a two-way conversation! The song is only 5 minutes long but either continue to worship and soak in His presence when it finishes or just let the dialogue continue into the rest of the day.

 

And if you don’t know what to pray to start it off, may I suggest this:
“Come Holy Spirit, come. Come and do what You want to do in my life right now. I welcome You in this place.”

And then wait and see what God wants to do. Be open to Him because He longs to meet with you right now, to remind you how much He loves you. And just to be with you.

 

So, come back to the heart of worship in this time. It’s all about God, not about us. Maybe we need to say ‘sorry’ for when we’ve made worship something different to what it actually is. But this all comes clear as we worship God and spend time in His presence. So, let’s do that now.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YUPJUJLUkg 

 

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

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

And it's all about you,

It's all about you, Jesus

 

The Heart of Worship, Matt Redman, CCLI #2296522 1997 Thankyou Music, Integrity Music

 

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