Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Thing I've Made It

As I was worshiping this morning on came the song "The Heart of Worship" by Matt Redman.  Listen to these particular lyrics:  "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."  One line struck me!  "I'm sorry Lord for the THING I've made it."  Wow!  Have I made my worship a THING?  Have you?  What kind of a thing are we capable of making our worship into?  The last question could be answered in many ways, but all that needs to be said is that true worship is not a thing, it is an intimate relationship with the One who created the entire universe.  When our worship becomes a thing, it becomes an idol.

When does our worship become a "thing"?  Listen again to the lyrics: "I'm sorry Lord for the THING I've made it.  When it's ALL about You!"  Our worship becomes a thing when it is no longer ALL about Jesus.  Not just about Him, but ALL about Him and none other. The heart of worship is our object of worship - Jesus.  When worship is all about Jesus, it is true worship. If our worship is about appeasing our conscience it becomes a thing.  If our worship is about how polished our music can be, it has become a thing.  If our worship is about pleasing man, it has become a thing.  But if our worship is ALL about Jesus, we have the heart of worship - Jesus.  Jesus becomes the object of our worship as our relationship with Him deepens.

The heart of our worship is to glorify the object of our worship...nothing and no one else.  We must be very careful that we don't move away from the "heart" of worship. This life is full of attractions and distractions that will draw us away from the heart of worship.  Redman (as he penned the lyrics to this song) apparently realized by the Spirit that He had drifted away from his worship being ALL about Jesus.  This realization compelled Him to move back to the heart of worship...when and where it is ALL about Jesus - no one or no "thing" else.

Coming back to the heart of worship (when it's all about Jesus) is not complicated.  It must start with a keen realization that our worship is ALL about Him, and a deep desire to make it all about Him.

1 comment:

  1. Today's kind of music makes it a rock concert and the churches won't listen...they think you are either old or need to go somewhere else...big problem, preach it!


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