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’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus…
This is one of my all-time favorite songs written in the late 1990s. However, the story behind the song is even more inspiring. Matt Redman talks about when apathy had settled in to their church. “There was a dynamic missing, so the pastor did a pretty brave thing,” he recalls. “He decided to get rid of the sound system and band for a season, and we gathered together with just our voices. His point was that we’d lost our way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart would be to strip everything away.”
I’ve been in that place before, in the church I have been privileged to pastor. I remember many years ago when problems arose within the music department, I decided we were just going to go back to the heart of worship. We just gathered together with no music and sang from our hearts to the Lord. We had a mighty revival in our own hearts, and we had prayed for God to forgive us, give us the right attitude and, most of all, the right heart to worship Him.
The definition of worship in its original language would indicate the need to bow down before God in homage. It can certainly be us falling on our faces before God in worship, but I really also believe it speaks to one’s attitude and heart condition. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 9:1, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart…” Jesus spoke a lot about heart issues. “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” I think most of us, if we were honest, would acknowledge that we have, on many occasions, worshipped with just our lips.
My prayer and my desire is to fulfill the command of Jesus, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” We should seek to show our love for God, with a true heart, every time we gather together to worship.