The Heart of Worship

Thursday, March 08, 2012 Posted by Sara

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To this day one of my favorite stories about worship is about Matt Redman's song "The Heart of Worship."

Matt Redman is a world renowned worship leader, known for penning many famous worship songs such as "Blessed be Your Name" and "Better is One Day".

His song, "The Heart of Worship" was birthed in the early 90s during a unique season at his church in Watford, England. Though blessed with a talented worship team, Redman and the pastor noted that the worship in the church began to grow stale.  The pastor saw that there was a tendency in the congregation to focus on the music, the song choices, and how good everything sounded - instead of focusing on God. So the pastor decided to get rid of the worship band and sound system for a season and invited the congregation to come, with only their voices and worship together.  What followed was a season of acapella worship that led this company back to the heart of God. When the pastor decided to bring the worship team back, Redman led worship with this song, which he wrote during the voices-only season.

When the music fades,
All is stripped away,
And I simply come;
Longing just to bring something that´s of worth
That will bless Your heart.
I´ll bring You more than a song,
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear;
You´re looking into my heart.
I´m coming back to the heart of worship,
And it´s all about You,
All about You, Jesus.
I´m sorry, Lord, for the thing I´ve made it,
When it´s all about You,
All about You, Jesus.

Today, I am reminded again, that it's all about Him.  Whether we worship Him in quietness, in cooking dinner for our family, in dancing, in grading a million papers, in painting, in encouraging a neighbor, with guitars or with organs - it is all for Him.

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