THE HEART OF WORSHIP
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
(John 4: 23-24)
True worship is not about the songs, the vocals, the band or the choir. All of those things contribute towards a great EXPRESSION of worship but the essence of worship is when your heart and soul, the core of your being, connects with and adores the Spirit of God.
Most people are probably more familiar with worshipping corporately as a church, but it is when you worship one on one, as a lover of Christ, that you enter into an INTIMACY that maybe only you and the Lord will ever know about.
Worship is an act of obedience of the heart. It is a response that requires the very core of who you are, to love the Lord for who He is, not just for what He does.
Praise, on the other hand, is an explosion of thanksgiving and faith. It isn't about 'fast songs', but a sacrifice of praise is often given in a time when you don't feel like praising, yet you say: 'I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be in my mouth, I will run into His presence with thanksgiving in my heart and I will enter His courts with praise.'
It goes beyond how you feel, or what circumstances you are facing. It takes you boldly into the magnificent presence of God.
"Give to the Lord the glory due His name; BRING AN OFFERING, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" (1 Chronicles 16:29)
Worship is something that is seen by your actions and not just by the words you speak or sing. It isn't a ritual. You don't go to church to go through the motions according to a formula. It involves our heart, mind and will. Worship is giving yourself completely, in all truth and honesty, that embodies and reflects the selfless, generosity of Christ.
The word 'worship' is a verb - a 'doing word'. It means to be full of adoration, to bow down, to revere, and to hold in awe the beauty of the Lord.
Worship is more than singing beautiful songs in church on a Sunday. It is more than instruments and music. As a true worshipper, your heart will long to worship Him at all times, in all ways and with all of your life.
The Scripture tells you to bring an offering, even if you feel like you have nothing to bring. ALL GOD WANTS IS YOUR HEART. He doesn't need your talent, your musical ability or all the things you can do - He wants you!
We can learn so much from the psalmist David. As a shepherd boy, he wasn't so successful or amazing - he was simply very faithful and he truly loved God. God saw that servant heart and described him as 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.' (Acts 13:22)
You don't have to be the greatest singer or musician to be a great worshipper. Whether you are in the body, or as an individual, open your heart and adore the Lord from the very core of your being. That's all He's asking.