A Pool of Tears, Transcendent Worship, and The Father’s Delight
Knees bowed, heart raw, dripping in a pool of tears. Completely lost in translation, yet very much comfortable. A foreign land, songs sung in another language, and completely lost in words not understood, however running deep, deep to the bone.
The worship leader weeps. I fall further to the floor. The authentic voice, so rich, it beckons deeper. Lost and burning in His Arms, in the Father’s embrace. Lost but found, often here, but rest assured in this uncertainty. The mystery that draws deep in finding Him and knowing it’s all about HIM.
True worship transcends, surpassing language, reaching beyond words on a screen, lights beaming, smoke bellowing, and the newest sound system pulsating. Bypassing religious activity, pomp and circumstance, hype and high energy. Knowing there’s nothing wrong with new innovation and excellence, striving to know one’s craft, and reaching for a greater creativity in communication, but proceeding with caution, as a right heart can lead to the wrong application, simply by getting lost in the all the ‘stuff’.
True worship begins with a matter of the heart. A raw and intimate love engulfed in heartfelt emotions, reaching the heights of Heaven and permeating the heart of the Father. A magnificent authenticity expressed for the sole reason of our creation, ALL for HIM and completely about HIM.
At the core, true worship, vulnerable, from a place of deepest heartfelt emotion. So tender, it cuts through to the stone cold heart and links directly to Heaven. God given emotions, connecting with Him, so He can speak to us and through us. Embrace this emotion when mixed with the Truth.
A step further, takes worship to a lifestyle, not found in a song or a message. These are mere expressions of worship, but not true worship. Found in our lives laid down. I believe this is the emphasis of the Psalmist when he wrote, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:16-17
The Father is after our heart. He is after our deepest emotions, jealous for our eyes and thoughts. He is not merely after our one-hour bible study, Sunday morning service, Wednesday night gathering. He is not after our religious duty and acts of kindness. Things needed and necessary, but if done without heart, simply become meaningless. This is what the Psalmist means when he states, “You don’t delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it…” but then he gives us the key, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Our sacrifice mixed with heart is irresistible to God. It is His delight! Everything we do should be from a place of a heart in connection with God. Everything we do should be from the revelation of a heart that has been redeemed. Worship in spirit and in truth, from playing an instrument to giving a glass of water! Expressions of love mixed with heart transcend the activity and allows Heaven to kiss earth and give God delight!
Fire and Love,