When you worship God does it come from a pure heart of worship? Do you understand when we worship God it should flow freely from the depths of our soul and not be taken lightly or granted? Sweet friends, today topic is on the importance of how we worship God. I want to share with you a story about what my worship pastor did on a Sunday service.
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Why we should worship God with a pure heart of worship
Janson, our worship pastor, said we’re gonna do things a bit differently today. He went on to say as a Church family sometimes we get in a bit of a rut. We come to worship God but much too often we’re just doing this in a repetitive state of mind so we can check off the box so to speak.
He then said today we’re gonna go back about twenty or so years and do some oldie but goodie praise songs…The Whole Heart of Worship music. Janson told the story of the who, what, where, when, and why about the song Heart of Worship by Matt Redman.
HEART OF WORSHIP: THE STORY
The song was written in the late 1990s, born from a period of apathy within Matt’s home church and the congregation was struggling to find meaning in music. The dynamic was missing so the pastor decided he wanted to change that.
To change that, they got rid of the sound system and band for a season and they gathered together with just their voices.
At some point, the Church had lost its way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart of worship would be to strip everything else away. They needed everything gone to see that God is worthy still.
The pastor wanted to remind his church family that they needed to be producers in worship, not just consumers.
The pastor asked the congregation this question…”When you come through the doors on Sunday what are you bringing as your offering to God?”
Janson said the question initially led to some embarrassing silence. But eventually, people began singing and encountered God in a fresh way.
As Janson continued the story he said that over a short period Matt’s church slowly reintroduced the musicians and sound system.
However, the church had gained a new perspective that worship is all about Jesus and him alone!
See sweet friends, Jesus Christ wants the response from you and me to come from the depths of our souls no matter what our circumstances and settings are.
Our pure Heart of Worship is praising God, knowing He is still worthy to be praised music with our voices only. When the music fades and everything else has been stripped away…This is the heart of our worship!
Now as I sat there and listened to our worship pastor sharing this story I felt myself under heavy conviction and I want to share with you why that is.
I had written several songs as a new Christian in my much younger days. My first time being when I was just a teenager.
Back then I led the choir and sang solos all the time and my hearing was still 100%.
Today I have a major hearing loss and only have 15% left in my left and I have 30% gone in my right. So, to put it bluntly, I can NOT really tell how I sound especially when there is a lot of background noise.
I LOVE God’s Sense of Humor & Timing!!
You can learn something about yourself when you worship God in Songwriting
The Saturday prior to Sunday’s service I remembered songs that I wrote from 2016. I sang these songs just ME and MY computer…NO music…NO band…etc…
So Saturday the thought to share them on my Facebook Blog page came to mind. Afterward, I was bombarded with doubts and insecurities that I shouldn’t have posted them.
I realize that the seven videos are NOT the best quality but when I shared them on my Facebook page three years ago I received great feedback.
Lies of the Devil bombarded me!
- You’re gonna look stupid!
- People are gonna make fun of you!
- You need to remove them!
- Your only gonna embarrass yourself!
I almost did take them down or rather wanted to hide them from my page timeline but leave them in the video section.
See sweet friends, I was letting the fear of what others may think to get in the way of what the whole point in sharing them was, to begin with.
Honoring God through “WORSHIP” just ME…NO music…
If you want to see and hear the Songs you can find them on Resounding His Love Facebook Page under videos.
Now you can understand the timing of what transpired on Sunday was like for me. I had to repent then and there and ask God to forgive me and say “Thank You God for the reminder…you know I needed that!”
I LOVE the way God works don’t you friends? That is just one of the many reasons that God is worthy! God was NOT finished, however.
My toes were stepped on badly and if you got the impression the songs were convicting enough…You’d be wrong! When Pastor Jon started his sermon I was saying “Really Lord!”
Pastor Jon started a new series today titled: OUR FREEDOM | GOD’S FORGIVENESS…Savor the Sweetness of Forgiveness.
THE SERMON HAD THREE KEY POINTS: PSALM 32:1-5
- Be captivated by the blessings of repentance and confession.
- Don’t suffer in silence.
- Acknowledge and confess your sins for forgiveness.
Please do NOT get the wrong idea. I have NOT committed adultery against my husband Mike nor do I plan or want to. I have the BEST husband EVER!
But when you read Psalm 32:1-5 (verses are below) you will know this is about King David and what transpired with Bathsheba.
These particular verses are David bearing the weight of his shame, guilt, and regret and the consequences of his actions. King David paid dearly for his actions both physically and spiritually.
Blessed Are the Forgiven
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Psalm 32:3
For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah Psalm 32:4
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Psalm 32:5
My pastor used the metaphor of NOT changing the oil in your car…If you do not change the oil in your car it will eventually get filled with muck and gunk and make your engine go bad.
Learn when you worship God in spirit and truth he wants to Free You and I from Guilt too
EVERYONE has to take their trash out! Can you say OUCH! Pastor Jon went on to say that he believes that there is NO SIN heavier than guilt and shame.
We beat ourselves up over and over again for things God remembers no more don’t we beloved? I know I do! This leads to the second part of being heavily convicted during Sunday’s service.
If you have read my personal testimony you are aware of my almost fifteen years of abusive first marriage. If not you can read this in the about me biography section.
I have been VERY upfront with you about that time in my life…except for ONE thing. That ONE thing has kept me, prisoner friends. I can understand how King David felt.
BOUND and SHACKLED! To say I am ashamed is an understatement!
10 factors when you worship God that can hinder your relationship
Pastor Jon gave us ten common reasons believers choose to avoid confessing sin.
- Fear of Man
- Hardness of Heart
- Minimization of Sin
- Rationalizing of Sin
- Failure to look intently in the mirror of God’s word
- We grow comfortable with unconfessed sin
Mike knows of course because I told him about it not long after we started dating. A few select others know…those closest to me.
They do NOT judge me and tell me that I am NOT to blame but to honest I am to be held accountable also regardless of the circumstances surrounding the things that transpired.
I am wanting to be FREE of this guilt and shame and God has placed within my heart the conviction to share what I know I must in order to let it go and be set FREE!
My God is Worthy of Worship and to Worship God, with a pure heart it means I must confess it to break it and the hold it has on me!
Below is a short E-Book of the time in my first marriage that will be more in-depth of what I went through during that time period and how God used that timeframe to mold me into the woman I am today along with my confession I know I need to make.
Please keep me in your Prayer sweet friends, because this is not an easy thing to do. I am already in a battle in this. Satan is filling my mind with all kinds of scenarios but I want to FINALLY be FREE of this and God made that VERY CLEAR during this service.
Worship God With all your Heart Bible Verses
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalms 86:12
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. Psalms 37:31
In Closing on Worship God: a Pure Heart of Worship
Friends, I do not know what you may be struggling with. It may be something simple and it may be something more significant than you may need to confess of but I guarantee you that if you do what you know in your heart is right to do.
God will honor it because it’s the only way for us to be complete in Christ and grow in God. You and I are in the hands of the potter. God is molding and shaping us daily to be more conformed to the image of His one and only perfect begotten Son…Jesus