”I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
John 16:13 (NIV)
”Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
”Whom have I in heaven but You?
I desire You more than anything.”
Psalm 73:25 (NLT)
“Only as we truly delight in God is it safe to give us our desires, for then they are not likely to become idols. And by our delighting in God, He heals our false desires as our souls come true in light of their Maker. Worship becomes the means by which we most deeply heal our desire.
Worship is the act of the abandoned heart adoring its God.
Simply showing up for church on Sunday is not even close to worship. Neither does singing songs with religious content pass for worship. What counts is the posture of the soul involved, the open heart pouring forth its love toward God and communing with Him. It is a question of desire.
Worship occurs when we say to God, from the bottom of our hearts, ‘You are the One whom I desire.’” -
John Eldredge (Desire)
As we come together week after week to bring “worship” to the congregation I believe it becomes imperative that we must first ask God to search our own hearts and motives and show us our inner most desires. Can we say to God, in all honesty that He is our only desire, above all else? How can we express true worship to our brothers and sisters in the congregation if our own hearts are not in the right place? It becomes clearer that just showing up on Sunday (and Wednesday) with our “talents” is not enough. The people need to see us fully abandoned before God, every Sunday. The only way we can do that is if we are delighting in Him every other day of the week.