How to Worship from the Heart

Worship from the Heart

Worship is usually thought of as a song, but worship has more to do with our heart posture than with singing. True worship starts with a heart willing to exalt God. Worship is an expression of our love to God, our awe of God, and our willingness to yield our will to His.

Worship is to honor with extravagant love or to perform acts of adoration.

Obedience is a voluntary obedience which is acceptable to God.

Reverence is admiration for something [or someone] great.

Spiritual is pertaining to the renewed nature of man; not fleshly; not material; pertaining to divine things.

Humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, and submission to [His] divine will.

In Surrender, we yield or give up in favor of another as to surrender a right or privilege.

Praise is the expression of gratitude; a glorifying, exalting or magnifying. [Webster’s 1828]

We are called to worship God and Him alone. Worship is an act of honor which brings the worshipers to Him in a heart posture of humility, adoration, and obedience.

But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. ~John 4:23-24 WEB

In the Old Testament, man worshipped God with an animal sacrifice, but after the Lamb of God was offered on the Cross for all sins for all times, we were released from this outward form of sacrifice. Now we are called to give an inward sacrifice of humility to the One True God.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. ~Psalm 51:17 NASB

Blessed Be Your Name

Matt and Beth Redman state in their book, Blessed Be Your Name, “To worship God is to tell Him we believe Him to be Who He says He is. Every day we are faced with a choice [both] to acknowledge, and proclaim Him as the great and merciful God He declares Himself to be or to deny Him.”

The Redman’s share the lines a prisoner scribbled onto his Nazi concentration camp cell, “I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when He is silent.” The Redman’s declare, “In these dark seasons of the soul, faith is either strengthened or broken. Contentment and trust build us up. Bitterness and complaint eat us up.”

Our walk as worshipers of Jesus. At times, painful life circumstances seem to obstruct our view of Him and His goodness, but we have seen the form of the Lord many times before – in life and in scripture and know Him to be as good and as kind as He ever was. Faced with challenging times, a wise worshiper looks over the form of the Lord, recalling the soul refreshing wonders of His nature and attributes. And through this finds a way to the place of praise. ~Matt and Beth Redman

Worship, Praise and Adoration

Our very lives become a living sacrifice. This is holy and pleasing to our Lord.

I appeal to you and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. ~Romans 12:1 AMPC

He created us to worship, praise and adore Him.

  • Worship in the Bible “means to kneel or lay face down before someone as an act of reverence.” [Kim]

Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. ~Psalm 95:6 NASB

  • Praise is “a gift we give to God. It’s a sacrifice of our heart – giving Him our best, even when we don’t feel up to it.” [Shirey]

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him! Tell of all His marvelous works. ~Psalm 105:2 WEB

  • Adoration is to regard with loving admiration and “gets to the heart of who we are. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship. We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. To truly worship means we lose ourselves in the adoration of another. Our only thought is the majesty and glory of the One we adore.” [Adoration]

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe. ~Hebrews 12:28 NASB

Let be and be still and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! ~Psalm 46:10 AMPC

Foundational Truths

“God is Spirit is a definition of God’s being. He is not a mere man, subject to all the errors and limitations of humanity. Neither is He confined to any one place at any time. He is an invisible Person who is present in all places at one and the same time, who is all-knowing, and who is all-powerful. He is perfect in all His ways. Therefore, those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” [MacDonald 1441]

“The Jewish people had reduced worship to outward forms and ceremonies. They thought that by religiously adhering to the letter of the law, and going through certain rituals, they were worshiping the Father. But theirs was not a worship of the spirit. It was outward, not inward.” [MacDonald 1441]

“The word spirit does not refer to the Holy Spirit, but to the human spirit. Jesus’ point here is that a person must worship not simply by external conformity to religious rituals and places (outwardly), but inwardly (in spirit) with the proper heart attitude.” [MacArthur 1364]

“True worshipers are defined as those who will worship the Father in spirit and truth. To worship in spirit and in truth means to worship God in one’s life, to worship as one in whom God, who is a spirit dwells.” [Moody 1618]

“His body may be in a den, prison, or field, but his spirit can draw near to God in the heavenly sanctuary by faith.” [MacDonald 1441]

Acceptable Worship

“Our worship before God, the service that we render to God in worship, is spiritual. That is to say, it is internal rather than external. Music or no music, beautiful music or not so beautiful music, true worship originates in the soul, it is spiritual, and that is where it begins.”

“Now keep in mind, worship is an act by which we offer praise to God, right? It is not a mood that we put ourselves in. It is not a feeling that we have induced by the beauty of what we hear. Worship is an activity which we give to God. He is the audience. He is the one to whom we offer worship. Therefore, we need to offer Him that worship which is acceptable to Him.”

“And what is acceptable worship to God? It is that worship that is spiritual, not physical, not just the voice, but the soul. It is that worship that rises out of the heart. This is the worship that is satisfying to God. It comes from a heart overwhelmed with the mercies of God associated with the cross.”

God says, “Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice.’ That is to say, offer your whole life in worship. It’s a way of life. When he says ‘body’ here, he means all our human faculties, all our human faculties, all our humanness.”

“Motivation comes from the heart…your whole life becomes an offering and worship is a 24/7 experience. You hold nothing back. But now there are no more dead offerings, only living ones. The sacrificial system has been set aside and God wants living sacrifices. He wants us to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and deny ourselves. And in so doing, you put your life on the line, you are saying, ‘Not my will, but Yours be done. From now on, whatever is Your will, whatever according to You is good and acceptable and perfect, that I desire to do.’ This is the living sacrifice.” [Critical Elements]

Let Us Worship the Worthy One

Let us join with the elders in heaven and say, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” ~Revelation 4:11 NASB

In good times and bad, in wealth or in daily challenges, in health or sickness, in times of peace or during war, trials, and the storms of life, let us draw near to the One who promises to draw near to us. He is Faithful and True, and we can trust Him.

The heart that knows God can find God anywhere…a person filled with the Spirit of God, a person who has met God in a living encounter, can know the joy of worshipping Him, whether in the silences of life or in the storms of life. ~A.W. Tozer

 

Recommendations:

Worthy is the Lamb https://strengthwithdignity.com/worthy-is-the-lamb/

Led by Still Waters https://strengthwithdignity.com/led-by-still-waters/

References:

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

Kim, David. What is Worship According to the Bible? Definitions & Foundations. Retrieved on January 10, 2022, from https://pursuitbible.com/what-is-worship-according-to-the-bible/

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Published by Thomas Nelson, 2005, page 1364.

MacDonald, William. The Believer’s Bible Commentary. Thomas Nelson, 2016, page 1441.

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Redman, Matt and Beth. Blessed Be Your Name. Narrated by Matt and Beth Redman. Audible, 2008. Audiobook.

Shirey, Kathryn. 7 Benefits of Praising God in Hard Times. Published on October 30, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.prayerandpossibilities.com/7-benefits-of-praising-god-in-hard-times/

The Critical Elements of True Worship. Published by Grace to You on August 19, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from The Critical Elements of True Worship (gty.org)

The Moody Bible Commentary. Published by The Moody Bible Institute. General Editors: Michael Rydelnik and Michael Van Laningham. Moody Publishers, 2014, page 1618.

Tozer, A.W. (2021). Whatever Happened to Worship. Wingspread: New Edition. Quote found here: What Exactly Is Worship? Published by Cindy Collier on September 14, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2022, from https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-exactly-is-worship.html

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved January 9, 2022, from http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary

What is Adoration in the Bible. [Adoration] Published by Got Questions. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.gotquestions.org/adoration-in-the-Bible.html

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20 thoughts on “How to Worship from the Heart”

  1. Thank you again, Lisa, for putting together an information and inspiring post that brings us to a heart of worship. I have alway loved Matt Redman’s song, and dream of playing it one day (when I learn how to play the guitar). I will look up his book!

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed his audiobook, Lynn. He and his wife narrated it which made it feel as if they were sitting nearby sharing from their hearts.

  2. Lyrics from Let Us Worship Him by Yolanda Adams came to mind as I read this informative post about worship. Thanks for laying out what worship is and how to worship our wonderful Savior in spirit and in truth.

  3. Lisa beautiful post, and so inspiring. I don’t think we hear enough about worshipping God truly from the heart and what that might look like. The Redman’s book sounds like a must read. This speaks to me deeply, “Motivation comes from the heart…your whole life becomes an offering and worship is a 24/7 experience. You hold nothing back. ” That is how I want to worship!

    1. Yes! I so want to walk in a worshipful, prayerful attitude of the heart, Donna. I really enjoyed the Redman’s audiobook and hearing them narrate it made it feel like they were sitting in the same room with me. I hope you have a chance to hear Blessed Be Your Name as I think it would bless you.

  4. Lisa, this is such a beautiful post, sweet sister! It always makes me sad to think of those prisoner in the concentration camps and what they went through, but this man’s faith speaks of so much hope in his heart. I do LOVE worshiping God! We are preparing for our worship of Him in heaven! Beautifully written and I love the research you did! Blessings my sister … ❤️

    1. I love worshiping Him too, Donna! The concentration camp prisoner speaks of a love and hope that is greater than what is seen or felt – such an encouragement to us!

  5. Thank you for such inspiring and thorough insights! I really appreciate the acronym for worship! So good! “Worship is an act of honor which brings the worshipers to Him in a heart posture of humility, adoration, and obedience”. You nailed it! 💗

  6. “Humility” and “surrender” sometimes appear to be missing in worship (from an outside perspective looking in, but who am I to judge a person’s heart???) but are critical components. I love how you have broken this down so we can do a self-check; our own heart is the only one we know (and we don’t even know it fully). Thanks, Lisa!

    1. I’m thankful we don’t have to do external sacrifices anymore; now we bring our internal heart offering of humility, worship and praise. And He kindly leads us!

  7. What a wonderful post, Lisa! I’m looking forward to listening to the song tomorrow morning during my worship time. I loved the quotes you shared from the Redmans. Thanks for linking up!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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