Head and Heart Engagement
Is there a way we can know when someone is truly worshiping God when we gather corporately? I know many that clap their hands, lift their hands, jump up and down, wave their hands, sing loudly, shout, kneel and I’ve thought, “Surely they are worshiping God.” There are others that stand there and sing but with little or no outward expression. Who’s worshiping God more? Is outward expression the standard whereby we evaluate whether or not someone is really worshiping God?
In his book, “Desiring God” John Piper writes,
“Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and worship must rest on a true perception of God. There must be spirit and there must be truth.”
He goes on to define spirit and truth worship…
“Worshiping in spirit is the opposite of worshiping in merely external ways. It is the opposite of empty formalism and traditionalism. Worshiping in truth is the opposite of worship based on an inadequate view of God”
“Worship must have heart and head. Worship must engage emotion and thought.”
Does that describe you when you gather with God’s people each week corporately? Are both your heart and your head engaged? When you think of Christ and all He has done for you, when you sing of all His wondrous works does that stir your emotion? If so, you are a spirit and truth worshiper and according to John 4:23, the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.
Let it never be said of us that we are drawing near to God with our lips but our hearts are far from Him. (Matthew 15:8-9)