3rd July 2012
Heart Of Worship
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (NIV)
Recently it was stated on a Christian Radio Station by a well known preacher, “Worship is a state of mind.” Each time I heard this phrase it made me stop and think, asking myself, “Is worship an attitude of mind?”
In reflecting on this, I thought about the different traditions and styles that people adopt as we worship God. I also started to examine my own personal worship approach and preferences. Very quickly it dawned on me, which will not come as a surprise, we are all unique. Each of us because of personality, character and experience, worship differently even if we are in the same church or from the same family.
Our individual/personal and corporate/public worship should be holistic as King David expressed to his successor Solomon. It is a choice fully engaging both heart and mind taking place at anytime and anywhere. It springs from our recognition of God’s awesome majesty and appreciation of his wonderful works. This gives us confidence to pursue and do his will to extend his Kingdom, “as in heaven so on earth”. Every part of our life should be a worshipful response to the divine initiative.
As we get can distracted, are ambivalent with our motives, and have blind spots, we need help. Thankfully, much-needed aid is given through the Spirit who searches, encourages and purifies. Incredibly, God has chosen each of us to worship him “in spirit and in truth.” God’s desire is for us and he wants our overwhelming desire to be for him.
To quote two stanzas from the hymn by Robert Grant:
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour, and girded with praise.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
Abba, Father, thank you for blessing us with an intimate relationship with you and each other. Help us to worship you with our whole being 24/7. In the name of Jesus.
Study by David Gibbs