Currently, I’m sitting in my bed, looking out the window at about 8 inches of snow that fell earlier today. I decided to take advantage of my classes being cancelled (for obvious reasons), and sit down with my guitar to spend some time with Jesus, just worshiping. I was playing the song “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman when one of my roommates came and asked me what we could do to help one of our neighbors whose car was stuck in the snow just feet from his driveway. I immediately put on my coat and boots and headed for the door, snow shovel in hand, to try and help dig him out. After about 10 minutes or so with four of us teaming up, we got his car free, and he was able to get to where he was headed.
As I walked back inside my house and bent down to take my boots off, I heard the Lord speak to my heart a small, simple phrase. He said, “That was worship.” Immediately I realized what He was saying. He was moved when I sat down with my guitar and began to sing to Him, but he was just as moved when I stopped singing in order to help my neighbor. It made me realize that so often I get caught up in what I think worship means, and I forget that it’s so much more than just singing songs and raising my arms. It’s about my heart posture at all times. Just as the song says, “I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself is not what You have required.”
When He spoke that phrase to me, I was encouraged and convicted. It made me check my heart once more. Where is my heart at in the day to day rigors of life? Am I choosing to have a heart of worship in everything that I do? He’s not looking for a song and dance – that’s not what moves His heart. He’s looking for a heart of worship – that no matter what I’m doing, I’m motivated by the desire to love and please Him. A heart of worship is a heart that moves His.