Worship isn’t about the words, it’s about the heart

Some of you may have seen this article about worship songs to stop singing. I enjoyed the article and shared it with you on Facebook. I loved the interaction and discussion that followed. It made me rethink some of my original thoughts.

What is true worship all about?

I agree that some of the songs are a little off in their theology. Also, there are some worship songs that are just too ‘fluffy’ for my tastes. However, I don’t think that is what the worship is all about. I think the worship is much more about the heart of the matter than the words that are spoken.

It is easy to walk into church, hear a familiar song and start singing along. But, we need to check ourselves and evaluate. Are we singing the songs to the praise and honor of our God and Savior? Or are we singing because everyone else is singing and the song has a catchy tune?

I know that there have been many worship services, where I walk in and my heart is not right. I am angry at my husband, or I am focused on how cute (or not) my outfit is, or I am wondering if the crockpot was turned on for lunch. Even after many worship songs that I sing, my heart is still not focused on the Savior.

Maybe worship is less about the words and more about the heart

This Sunday (or whenever you worship) when you walk in and hear a familiar song; I encourage you to truly think about your worship. Think about the Almighty God who you are singing your praises to. Check your heart and see if there is any way offensive that needs to be confessed. (Psalm 139:24) Then, when your motives are right, praise your heart out. If you want to sing, “Draw me close to you…” Then sing it, if you want repeat your heart over and over because you just can’t stop singing praise to Him, then do it!

God rejoices in the praises of a pure heart. He rejoices in the person who is praising Him with their full heart. “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

What do you think matters more; the words or the heart motives behind them?

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  1. Anita says:

    Hi Becky,

    Thanks for your thoughtful post. I think worship is about how we live our lives for our Lord’s glory. Whatever we do in word, thought, and action is about the why and who for. In terms of worship in singing praises, yes the words we sing are important, worship should be about lifting the Name of Jesus, but what He wants is our all.

    Blessings to you 🙂
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    • Tales of Beauty for Ashes says:

      Anita, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I LOVE what you said about worship being how we live our lives for the glory of God. I didn’t even think about adding that, but it’s true that even when I change a diaper, I can do it in worship to God. That sounds a little crazy, but anything I am doing in my heart for the Lord is worship to Him (as Colossians 3:23-24 says). Good words, friend, I’m glad you posted!

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