Monday, June 21, 2010

Heart of Worship

A central part of my pastoral work is helping to lead worship. Recently, I reread Matt Redman's little book, The Unquenchable Worshiper: Coming back to the heart of worship. Many of Matt's songs are sung in churches all around the world:
  • Heart Worship
  • Blessed be your name
  • Let everything that has breath
  • Never let go
In his book, Matt says, "There are ways we can lose something of the fire of worship."

Just as water can put a fire out, so too the pressures and the trials of this life can dampen our hearts of worship. It's so easy in a time of hardship to cool off a bit and lose that sense of wonder and trust. We ask why God would let such things happen to us and we wind down our worship, kidding ourselves that we'll start up again when things are better. 

There is a kind of worshiper who "always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (I Corinthians 13:7) and who gets through the storms of life with a heart still blazing. Sometimes it comes down to a simple choice. We may be hard-pressed on every side, weary and not able to sense God. But then a choice faces us--to fix our eyes on the circumstances or to cling to God and choose to worship Him, even when it hurts. 

Our heavenly Father loves us with an extravagant abandon. Passionate, undignified worship is our only reasonable response. Matt Redman (worship leader at Soul Survivor Church: Watford, England)