Worship in the bible started as an attitude of sacrifice and obedience and with time it became an integral part in Israel with the tabernacle and sacrifices evolving into worship and music. Now we are having so many worship wars in the church over the small little things and we haven’t searched the scriptures to know what the word says, all we know has been passed down from the generation before us.
One of the things we have been told is that worship is a matter of the heart. In the process of time man has detached his heart from his life, it easy for man to worship God with his heart but his mind and body are somewhere else. You hear people say God only looks at the heart and only considers the heart.
True that worship starts in the heart and God is more blessed with worship that comes from the heart but what moves Him or the worship that attracts his attention comes from a broken heart. “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise”. Psalms 51:16-17
God is blessed more by broken hearts offering their worship to Him. David wrote this verse though he is well known for offering sacrifices to God in quantities.
“And it came to pass, when the King Jehoram heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh”. 2 Kings 6:30.
The king was dressed in his kingly robes on as he rode on the wall but was wearing sack cloth inside his robe I believe this should be what our lives be lived as such, though we look good on the outside let our hearts be rent and broken on the inside.
A married couple who are in love with each other and love each other very much will always express their love through many ways. A natural relationship doesn’t just recognize love in the heart but it desires to see that love expressed.
When you love someone you just don’t tell them that you love them but you buy gifts, hold their hands, look into their eyes and do small things like breakfast in bed this is to show you love the person. Some of the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the word worship show that worship is seen in bowing, lying prostrate, thanksgiving, service, sacrifice.
“When I worship I would rather let my heart be without words than my words be without a heart” Matt Redman
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me…”. Isaiah 29:13 Actions without a heart they are just plain, the bible calls it vain worship. Words without a heart are just lip service, bowing before the Lord without a heart is just exercise, sacrifice without a heart isn’t different from an afternoon braai.
God just doesn’t want a part of you; God wants all of you and all about you. If it’s not enough to give your spouse your heart alone but also you give him or her your whole life, why do we treat God differently? The worship that moves God comes from a broken heart and out of fullness of our hearts we express it seemingly.
Worship is based in the spirit, emanating from a broken heart which out of its fullness expresses itself before God. When I worship I would rather my heart be without any expression than my expressions be without a heart.
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; Worship The LORD In The Beauty Of Holiness”, Psalms 29:2