The Heart of a Worshiper
If I were to give one word to tell you what worship is about it would be this: The heart. The heart is your innermost being, the center of your personality. Love for God starts with the heart. Our heart as a worshipper speaks louder than anything that we can do. What we do should be an overflow of what is in our hearts.
My life as a worshiper/worship leader has been great. It has been full of ups and downs, victories and challenges, and full of amazing encounters with the presence of God. Through it all I have learned that most important thing that God requires of me is a pure heart that is passionate for His presence and desires to know Him more.
Strip everything down, the songs, lights and effects, sound system, instruments and your left with that one thing; a pure, hungry, thirsty heart that longs for the presence of the Lord. David says in Psalm 84:2, “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” This is what the Lord is looking for: Our hearts. The bible says the man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.
In many ways I believe that this has been overlooked in the body of Christ today. In today’s worship service we often become too concerned with the outward appearance of things. It’s common for people to say “The music is too loud/too quiet”, “I don’t like this song we do it all the time”, “I wish we could sing this song”, “the worship time was too short/long.” We need to get back to the core of worship; we need to ask ourselves why we worship. It’s not about the songs we sing, the style of music that’s played, or how long or how short a worship set is. Worship is about ministering to the Lord out of a loving, passionate love for God– a heart that desires His presence so much that it wouldn’t matter if you were the only person in the room at the worship service. In fact, I would encourage you to worship throughout the week. Develop a history of worshiping, spending time with the Lord.
Keep your heart clean and pure before the Lord. David knew the importance of a clean heart, saying “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” The condition of your heart will affect the way you worship on Sunday, the way you worship on Sunday corresponds to the time you spent in the presence of the Lord that week. It won’t matter if the worship leader sings the wrong words, or does a song you’ve sang a hundred times. All that will matter is you and Jesus.
“I want to know You/Let Your spirit overwhelm me/Let Your presence overtake my heart” (I want to know You by Chris Quilala).