Inner Essence of Worship

Inner Essence of Worship

by Jared Most

As I take over this new position of Worship Leader of The Gathering, I realize I am ill-equipped to know exactly what Christ is going to do in His Church through our worship ministry and my heart’s desire is to surrender my own plans and ideas to Him. That is why I feel it’s important to nd guidance through what He has already told us.

In Isaiah 55: 8-9, God declares: “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.’” This is the LORD’s declaration. ‘For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” So, for us to think about what the future holds, we need to ask what God has told us in regards to how He wants to be worshiped? The answer is clearly found in John 4:23: “But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him.”

Man, this is what I want so badly for our church! I desire for us to passionately and authentically worship Jesus in a way that declares to those around us what we value most in this world.

John Piper writes that the “inner essence of worship is the response of the heart to the knowledge of the mind when the mind is rightly understanding God and the heart is rightly valuing God.” When we proclaim the truth of His word and what Jesus has done for us, yet lack the passionate inner treasuring of Jesus, then we worship God in vain. “These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in vain” (Matt: 15). Likewise, when we lack an accurate understanding of who God is, we are worshiping a man-made image of god. Truth and Spirit. Not one more than the other.

This is the direction we will be taking: Authentic, truth-based, passionate worship that is inspired by us seeing Christ as supremely valuable/glorious and rmly planted on the truth found in His word (the Bible). This is what we were made to do!

I pray that as a church and as your worship leaders, we are able to live a life that screams “Christ is our treasure and He alone can satisfy!”

To Him be the glory forever and ever Amen.

 

Article originally published in Road Signs Feb/Mar 2017

photo by: Lorie Allison Photography