Faith

The heart of worship: More than a song

by Christina Wong // December 16, 2016, 4:42 pm

CW - The Heart of Worship

Photo: Christina Wong, Thir.st

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come

When we ask, “How was the worship?”, we usually mean, “How was the music?”

But worship isn’t just about the music. Music is just one of the many expressions of worship. When we worship God with music, we are using one of the many tools we have to help us connect to God.

Our worship to God can also manifest itself through various other expressions, from the preaching of the Word to fellowship with the community, to meeting the needs of the less fortunate, to discipling fellow believers.

For such expressions to take place, we first have to present ourselves fully to Him. It has to be heartfelt and sincere. It has to be personal. The overflow of our love and obedience towards God will manifest as expressions of worship no matter what we do.

Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart

God doesn’t need us to glorify His name. But He deserves it. And He desires your heart.

Romans 12:1 says to “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship”. Worship has more to do with our relationship with God than it does with music.

I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required

Worship springs from a surrendered and grateful heart, and God desires to know this heart.
Just like how parents think, “if only my children understand my heart for them”, God desires for us to know His heart.

Our hearts are our innermost beings. Our inner man must be fully presented before Him so that we can connect with Him.

 You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

He wants to have a personal relationship with every one of us. He is seeking those whose hearts will be completely surrendered to him.

We cannot worship the one we do not know. We have to be connected with Him to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, to help us worship Him in the ways that delight His heart.

That’s true worship. It’s really just all about God. All about Jesus.

 I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you, Jesus

About the author

Christina Wong

Christina is a designer who used to memorise Pantone swatches. Owns a million pairs of glasses but she's always only wearing that transparent acetate pair. Her last cup of bubble tea was in November 2018.