“When the music fades and all is stripped away, and I simply come. Longing just to be something that’s of worth that will bless your 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, your looking into my heart.” (Heart of Worship: Michael W. Smith)
I love worship. I sing… some of you don’t know that. It is the greatest strength and weakness in my life. It restores me to His heart when I lift up a song to Him. Something from me, in my voice, human and faulty and at times off key, to Him, is beautiful. Because it is offered in sacrifice. To sing when you are heartbroken a song of praise, is not easy. To present a song of triumph when you are in a battle far from over, is difficult. It pulls a little, a bit like a scab that peels back too early. It hurts.
Worship often seems like a process. If you attend a church around the US, chances are… you start with a fast song, and then after one or two you switch to a slow song, and then the Pastor speaks. This isn’t wrong… hear me on this; it’s not wrong, but something is missing. We are drawn into churches now to fill the seats. The heart for conversion just seems to be lacking. It looks now as though, we are afraid to let you see the real God. The One who moves mountains. The One who saw you in your mother’s womb, before you were ever there. The One who sent His son to die a sinner’s death to pardon you. Why are we afraid for people to experience His presence? Isn’t His presence what brought us to our knees? The knowledge of a Holy God who actually did love us enough to be everything the Bible says He is?
We are under authority in our churches. The Bible confirms that the Lord appoints, so when we are under leadership, even leadership that may seem unjust, or even “off”, the Lord tells us to give honor to the leader above us. To do that is difficult at times, for so many, pulling out is the only option, I challenge you to stay in. That’s right an old fashioned dare. Instead of feeling frustration build and build, begin to pray- let’s be real, if we all prayed for things as often as we say we do… well the world was literally be different wouldn’t it? How about praying for the leaders of your church body- they are under heavy attack. They fight battles beyond what you can see, or even understand. They keep services light so people will come back. You have the power to change that.
You are revival. You choosing to do something different, to experience something different is to bring revival. Revival by definition is to bring to life, or restore to life…. If you are tired of 2 worship songs that last 3 minutes and barely skim the surface of who God is… do something. Don’t leave it up to the worship leaders and pastors… You bring revival. You say, I want more of you God! Pour out your spirit upon this desperate people. Pray for services, begin a prayer group with a focus on seeing the miraculous, or join with the worship band to pray before they go on on Sundays. You have the authority and power of Jesus, stop living like your hands were tied. In prayer, no one has the ability to tie your hands, but you, and a quiet tongue!
The heart of worship, as Michael W. Smith sings, is not about the quality of what you bring. It’s that you came to meet Him. Period. It’s all He longs for, just time with you. Meet with Him. Save some time for Him, give Him a place in your day planner. Love on Him; as He loves on you!