I was at a chapel service at Liberty University recently when the worship leader pulled out what he called “an older” song (one from the 90’s): “The Heart of Worship”.
According to the song, the heart of worship is focusing on Jesus. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Then I came across this verse:
Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel. 2 Chronicles 5:10 (NLT)
The Ark of the Covenant was the Israelites’ worship center. It was in the very middle of the Temple, in the Holiest of Holies. The heart of worship, as it were. And the only thing in the Ark were the tablets containing the Ten Commandments, God’s call to obedience.
If we’re wanting to get back to the heart of worship, from a Biblical perspective, is it about emotion or obedience?
Of course, it’s made even clearer in 1 Samuel 15:22. To obey is better than sacrifice. And don’t forget, for the Israelites, sacrifice wasn’t about giving up stuff. It was the ceremony that sat at the center of … (Anybody got a guess here?)
So, if you’re wanting to take your worship to another level, it doesn’t start with being more sincere as you’re singing on Sunday morning (or Saturday evening).
It starts with following God’s commands seven days a week.