I had started a devotion several months ago with our worship team. These were some things I copied and thought of myself to share with the group. Hope it speaks to you in some way.
Since we will be talking about worship as a lifestyle, worship leading and worship music in general, I figured this will be the best place to start. What is worship? What is “not” worship? How can we become better worshippers?
We have become obsessed with external things:
1.Worship is not external; it’s internal. There are many expressions of worship that are external like kneeling, hands lifted, guitars, horns, drums, keyboards, but worship can happen in your car. Worship can happen just sitting down meditating on God. Worship can happen lying down in bed.
2. There is a lot of quality worship music now. It’s as good and professional as secular music. It’s cutting edge in some cases, never done before but has the explosion in this quality improved our worship?
3. We have fallen in love with worship music, but are we worshipping any better or any more?
4. Someone may say, “Wasn’t the worship awesome today?” What they mean is “Wasn’t the music great, but did we actually get beyond the praise and into worship.
5. If “people” are our audience then we’ll put more emphasis on the outward.
If “God” is our audience then the attitude of our heart is more important.
6. What we are after is the best of both. Outward excellence in music,
performance, but a performance that is fueled by an inward purity of heart
in our worship.
What is the Lord interested in during our worship?
GOD’S FOCUS IS ON THE HEART
1. Pro 4:23 GW GUARD your HEART more than anything else, because the source of your LIFE flows from it.
. The Lord is very concerned that the heart is protected from influences from outside sources that might contaminate its integrity.
. Watch over our hearts. Put a guard there in front of the door. Stop anything that looks evil from coming in.
2. 1 Samuel 16:7b For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the
outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
. Worship is not the “sound of music” but the “sound of the heart.”
. What goes on in your heart during the worship service is what God
reads as your worship. He looks past our performance and into our
hearts. Just because we are worship leading doesn't mean we are "worshiping".
Mar 7:6 KJV He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Notice, we can be honoring God with our lips, but not our heart and that makes us hypocrites.
Strong’s definition of Hypocrite is (an actor under an assumed character) a stage player. It’s all a performance; an act.
So how do we become hypocrites? When we honor with our lips and not our hearts.