Richard Mark Lee

The Heart of Worship

“There is a battle going on over your worship.”

Worship. The very word conjures a mixture of images and emotions, many of which are tied to our preferences in music, setting and even attire. We hear phrases such as “worship was great today” and “I couldn’t get into the worship…the ___________ was just too loud!”

But as Pastor Richard reminds us, worship is not just the words we say or the songs we sing but rather the life we live.

In his message on 8-11-13 titled “The Heart of Worship”, Pastor Richard continues the Liturgy Series with a close examination at worship and the battle that is taking place over our individual response as worshippers.

The foundation of worship can be summed up in Deuteronomy 6:4-6 which says “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Rooted in this command is the idea of remembrance of all that God has done and is doing and the worthiness of God for worship. Pastor Richard reminds us that God doesn’t need our worship to somehow make Him more worthy…He desires our worship because it adds to the anthem of His praise.

God has wired every person to be a worshipper…it’s intrinsic to who we are as humans. However, scripture also points to the ongoing battle for the worship and adoration of God’s people toward Him.

This battle is seen in Matthew chapter 4 as Satan tempts Jesus by offering “all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor” in exchange for a moment of counterfeit worship. Jesus rebukes Satan with the very passage found in Deut. 6:4-6.

Again we see the battle over man’s worship in the book of Job where Satan issues a celestial challenge to God glory over Job’s worship. And despite losing all that he held dear, Job “tore his clothes in grief and fell to the ground in worship saying: naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away…blessed be the name of the Lord.”

The truth is that this celestial battle rages even today in the life of every person. Will we continue worshipping God, even in the darkest hours of our life? Will our worship be found authentic and real even in the midst of hardships?