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Heart of Worship


When I was a young boy, one of the things that I remember most was being dragged to church for the first time by some friends. Up to that time I had thought of every excuse I could to avoid going with them, until one day, I just ran out of them.

Well I went along and sat through the service, singing half a dozen hymns and of course listened to the what I though was a rather long sermon. Soon I got invited to the youth meeting, and it wasn't long before the Lord caught me, and one day on April 6th 1980 I gave my life to the Lord. I joined the music group and learned to play the guitar, and it was during that time, my journey into worship began.

One of the things I have come to learn over the years is that to some people the act of worship can mean totally different things, some people class their relationship with God alone as worship, while others consider just going to church on a Sunday morning as worship. And as for worship in musical terms, singing a few hymns, or choruses or singing the latest song to hit worship chart is worship. Yet true worship encumbers all of these things, as Jesus tried to explain to the Samaritan woman in John 4 v21 - 24

"Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."(NIV)

So what we see is that God is in fact looking for worshippers who worship him in spirit and truth, and as children of God that is what we must desire with all our hearts, because besides every thing else this is what the Lord looks at, and that is why we have called this series the Heart of Worship. One of my favourite people in the bible is David and his psalms are a real inspiration to me, because they are real reflection of his relationship with God, and sometimes when I read them you can hear his hearts cry.

In psalm 138 v1 it says this,"I will praise you O Lord, with all my heart" The King James Version reads "I will praise thee with my whole heart" Both mean much the same thing, in that our praise to the Lord must come from the inner confines of our heart, and be released in an outward expression.

So you see, it really boils down to this, are you worshipping in spirit and truth or are your actions devoted to playing or singing the songs without any real meaning. For the real expression of our hearts in worship comes from a true and living relationship with the Lord.

Author:Paul Unsworth

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