The Heart of Worship – Part 1
by Pastor Bill
One of the most difficult responsibilities in the church is leading worship. A worship leader needs to have thick skin, and a number people who will regularly encourage them. Why? Because there are usually a lot of people who will complain about the choice of songs. There are too many praise songs and not enough worship songs, or vice versus. The songs are too wordy, or the songs don’t have enough words. There are not enough hymns and too many modern songs. Sometimes, the music is too loud, or too soft. I could list a whole lot of other things that I have routinely heard.
While it is okay to have opinions and preferences, I want to share some other thoughts about worship. First, we worship because we are commanded to worship the Lord with all our heart. Worship is not about the worship leader or the praise team. Worship is about the Lord. The worship team is there to assist us in our worship. But, we can worship with or without the worship team. A few years ago, Matt Redman came out with a song called The Heart of Worship. It begins with, “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.” At his church, they realized that it was not about the worship team, it was about God. They stopped using any instruments for a period, just to focus on worshiping the Lord.
The chorus goes this way, “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, all about You, Jesus.” Matt Redman is correct. It is all about Jesus. They repented of making worship about other things, and refocused on making it about Jesus.
The song continues, “King of endless worth, no one could express, how much You deserve, though I’m weak and poor all I have is Yours, ev’ry single breath.” God deserves our worship. God is worthy of all glory and praise and honor. He is the King of endless worth. He finishes by saying, ev’ry single breath. In Psalm 150, we are given four considerations to worshiping God. He tells us where to worship. He tells us how to worship. He tells us why to worship. Finally, he tells us who should worship Him. (Psalm 150:6) “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
God’s desire is for us to be worshipers. As a church, we want our focus to be on Him. We want to express our love, appreciation and praise to Him during worship. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.