Today I am struck with the need to write to you about the idea of worship. I want to start by saying Worship is giving something a place of importance in your life. Have you ever known someone that was a sports fanatic, could quote stats like they were scripture? How about someone that knew all the song lyrics to every song by a certain band? We were created to worship, and by nature, we will fill the need to worship something with whatever finds its place in our hearts. I pray that God is the object of your worship.
Currently, our governor and the scientists around him have encouraged churches to stop singing in church because it is believed that the more forceful air along with the smaller enclosed places poses a higher risk of transmission for COVID-19. Honestly, this is true. Congregational singing does pose a higher risk of transmission. Does it mean that we should run in fear? By no means. However, does it mean that if we comply with the guidance that we have been forced to not worship our God? Again, I say, by no means.
I am reminded of the song by Matt Redman, The Heart of Worship, and I think it may have been written as a reminder of worship for such a time as this.
In verse 1, Matt leads us into this state we are currently in:
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
We have this innate need to worship our Lord, we want to bring him a gift that will bring him pleasure. That is why when we are told that singing should not happen, we want to rage against the machine and demand that we have the opportunity to do so. While the desire to Worship God is a good desire, our response must be pure of 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, all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus
Yes, we have plenty of Bible passages that tell us to make a joyful noise and sing songs unto the Lord. But we also have many Bible verses that tell us worship is more than singing.
Psalm 95:6 ESV – Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Psalm 62:5-8 ESV – For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
Psalm 46:10 ESV – “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Bow Down, Kneel, Silence, Trust, Pour Out, and Stillness.
When was the last time you fell to your knees and bowed before your King? Being Silent and Still while listening to the Spirit has done wonders for my relationship with God. Trusting God despite the world falling apart around us is worship. Pouring out our hearts in prayer draws us closer to the Lord.
God deserves our worship, and yes that is singing, but it is also so much more. I encourage you to find new ways to worship God and keep on singing, but maybe for right now sing in the car, sing in the shower, sing at home.
Matt Redman’s final verse reminds us that true Worship is giving God everything.
King of endless worth
No one could express how much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours, ev’ry single breath
With much love,