In our Magnify Series, Pastor Jeremy Blackwood shared that worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission. The following week Melissa shared that worship is the act of ascribing ultimate value to something in a way that energizes or engages the entire being. To listen to these two incredible messages, check out our Magnify series.
We were created for worship
Because we were born into a sinful and broken world, we worship things that God didn’t design for us to worship. We worship things like our self-image, possessions, relationships, money, success, sports or the ideal. All of these areas were not intended to be elevated above God, however when we worship them we place them of higher than Him.
What is the heart of worship?
A Matt Redman song says:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
For it’s all about you. It’s all about you Jesus.
I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it
When it’s all about you. It’s all about you Jesus.
Worship is a response to God for all that he has done. God paid the highest price for us to live. There is nothing more that he could’ve done when he sent his Son to die for us. God knew every sin we would encounter before we were born. He also knows every selfish desire we will have in the future and even so lavishes us with his love every day.
There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2:2 (NIV)
We worship God while singing songs of praise, in prayer, devotions, journaling, serving him, and loving his people. We can worship for reasons that are outside the heart of worship. If the Heart of Worship is all about Jesus, what did Matt Redman mean when sang, “I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it”?
How do we make worship about us?
We worship so that God will bless us. We think God will give us more when he sees us offering more to him. We approach him with a consumer mindset. I do for you, so that you’ll do for me. There is nothing we can do for Him in order for him to bless or love us more. God is a faithful God. He is the sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent God. All power and authority belongs to him. He knows everything, including the heart of our worship. He knows when our heart is rooted in love. He also knows if when it’s rooted in selfish ambition and gain.
We seek spiritual fulfillment through worshipping physical things. We were created as Body, Soul & Spirit. We cannot fill our Spirit through worshipping things that are temporary such as money, success, designer clothes, an ideal spouse or our children’s performance. While these things can be enjoyable, they cannot be the measure of our happiness. Depending on them to fill us will only distort our life. We will still have a spiritual void that can only be filled by the Holy Spirit through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
How do you worship?
The bible is filled with wisdom, and possibly one of the best descriptions of worship is found in Romans 12:1- (MSG)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
May our every day ordinary life reflect God in everything we do!