WORSHIP: TO, FOR, ABOUT
Over time, 3 songs have been written that have deeply affected me. They are songs that touch my emotions and usually bring me to tears because of the incredible way they communicate deep truth to me: Janine Price’s “I give my all”, Cece Winans’ “My Redeemer lives” (which contains my favourite line in a song – ‘I know my Redeemer lives – I spoke with Him this morning”) and more recently Connell Cruise’s “So small”. As I was listening to Connell’s song this morning in traffic, it dawned on me why these songs have such a powerful anointing on them: they all focus on God’s greatness. They elevate Him. They bring glory to Him. They are not about us. They are about Who He is – a great, risen Saviour.
We are so good at pretending that worship is about Jesus, that the words we say are about Him and who He is – but very often our motives are skewed, and we are more interested in how we can experience God, rather than how we can worship God.
This reminds me of words uttered by Mike Pilavachi years back: “The heart of worship is and always has been coming to Him, giving to Him; He is the centre of worship, and how dare I ever make me the centre of worship. Worship isn’t to please me, it’s to please Jesus. Worship is for Jesus, it’s to Jesus and it’s about Jesus”.
I am blessed by this incredible truth, that when God is the centre of our focus – the anointing and power of the indescribable ???? flows. Therefore, today, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).