Building a Heart of Worship


Here is a fact: God wants us to worship Him. This is what the Scripture says in John 4:23:

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

The word ‘worship’ could have a wide range of meaning, but here I’d like to focus on worshipping God through song and music like what King David did.

King David is a prime example here. He had such a strong heart of worship that he wrote many psalms in the book of Psalms. In fact, I believe that his heart of worship is an important factor that made him a man after God’s own heart.

And when He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
(Acts 13:22)

In the New Testament, Paul also advised us to build a heart of worship:

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

(Ephesians 5:18-19)

We are told to sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord. That is a heart of worship! You glorify and magnify Him with your heart.

Paul did this even in the worst situation.

And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.
Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

(Acts 16:23-25)

Paul and Silas were beaten. They were thrown into prison. And they had their feet fastened in the stocks. But what did they do? They worshipped God! They glorified Him even in the worst situation.

Let us also build a heart of worship. It’s not easy; I’m still working on it myself. But I believe we can follow in the footsteps of David, Paul, and Silas.