Perhaps you are familiar with these lyrics from the praise and worship song, ‘The Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman …
When the music fades
And 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 ways things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You
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
There is really a good scriptural basis for that song …
“You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” Matthew 15:7-9 (ESV)
So what are some ways you have entered into a heart of worship?
Perhaps you’ve experienced some of following in your journey to a heart of worship:
- As suggested above, the teachings and commandments of God …
- In the midst of praise and worship music …
- From an overwhelming sense of God’s love for you …
- During a time of devotion and prayer …
- In the midst of pain …
- From a particular passage of Scripture …
- During a time of service unto God and neighbor …
- In the midst of a fast …
- Etc., etc., etc.
What have you personally experienced?
“It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'” Luke 4:8 (ESV)
Note what Paul wrote about worship …
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. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
Note how the prophetess Anna worshiped …
And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. Luke 2:36-37 (ESV)
Jesus offered some instruction to the Samaritan woman at the well on worship … you can worship anywhere and you worship in spirit and truth … and the Father is indeed seeking such worshipers!
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21-24 (ESV)
And we might want to exercise a heart of worship here on planet earth because … you know which book of the New Testament has the most references to the word worship? … Revelation! (Acts is a close second.) But a word of warning … not all Scripture about worship is about worshiping God.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25 (ESV)
I’m coming back to the heart of worship and it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus!