Coming Back to a Heart of {Redefined} Worship

I am continually amazed at how God wastes nothing.  He often shows up in the oddest ways.  Our conversations, our trips to the grocery store, our interaction with co-workers, our drive to the bank…a group text before church on Sunday.

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One friend wasn’t responding to the text, and I reminded my other friend that church was about to begin and she was leading worship. I had to go too because I was leading worship in the kid’s area at my church.

My friend’s response was a funny…me not so much…wink.

I responded with…well, you lead worship for sure.  You just do it with a hammer.

I meant that while my friend isn’t going to stand on a stage at church on Sunday and sing, she leads “worship” as she serves.  This week she’s swinging a hammer in Honduras, building houses.

That’s worshipping our Creator too. 

This definition of worship isn’t a new concept for me.  I’ve always been taught that “worship” isn’t just a time slot in the service order at church.

Worship should be the posture of my heart.  Always. 

As I lead 50 precious kiddos in worship Sunday, my heart could not quit thinking about, well, worship.  God wouldn’t relent.

After I finished in the kid’s area, I went upstairs to the “big” service for communion.  Again, God’s whispering…worship.  And, I am saying back to Him, I know what it is, Lord.  What’s with the disquiet in my heart?  Help me to see what you want me to see. 

I stood for the closing song:  The Heart of Worship.

These are the moments when I want to look around…as if someone is reading my mind.  Really, God?  THIS song?

God wastes nothing.

 

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’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

 

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

 

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath

When everything fades and all is stripped away, I simply come.  Just me…the girl He fearfully and wonderfully knit together.  I long to bring something that’s of worth.  But, He requires more than a song…more than my outward works.  In that moment, He requires more of me than to stand in the church and sing along.  He searches deeper within- past the way I appear.

He looks into my heart. 

And what does He find?  I wanted him to find a heart of worship.

A heart that’s all about Him.

But, I knew…THIS is what he’s after this morning…repentance for the thing I’ve made it.

Somehow I had shifted to doing without a heart of worship.  I wasn’t necessarily wrong. But, my heart wasn’t one of worship.

I am sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it when it’s all about You. 

Thankfully, though I am weak and poor – and disobedient and prideful – he forgives and extends grace – again and again. All I have is His. Every single breath.

And when I live as if every single breath is truly His, I live with a heart of worship.

Cooking breakfast for my family.  Helping my son with schoolwork.  Working at a homeless shelter.  Crying with a friend.  Conversing with my husband.  Decorating a friend’s house.  Sharing a word of encouragement.  Writing an email to some sweet sisters.  Praying with my family. Swinging a hammer in Honduras or at my neighbor’s house.

ALL is worship.

We simply need to ask God for a heart of worship. A place where it’s all about Him; a place where He motivates all we do.

1-2 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. Romans 1:1-2 (The Message)

Worship is giving God is His breath back. Louie Giglio

Each breath I take, each word I say, each text I send, each time I serve – all in my ordinary life – I want Him to find a heart of worship.

Comments

  1. It is amazing how this song continually can bring your heart right back to where it needs to be. Happens to me every time. And your sharing of this story makes me stop to think about it again!

  2. This is really good Sarah. A great reminder.

    • Thanks, Lisa…I truly appreciate your friendship and encouragement. You are the picture of steadfast love.

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