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Heart of Worship

There’s a song made popular by Michael W. Smith titled ‘The Heart of Worship’ which chorus states, ‘I’m coming back to the heart of worship….it’s all about You, Jesus.’

I’ve always just taken that to mean that having been distracted by life generally and having lost focus somewhat, I have realised where I’m at and I’m returning to what worship truly is – to the core of worship or as we would say in Nigeria, to the ‘koko’ of worship. And that ‘koko’ is Jesus, the Saviour of the world and my Lord. This is important because of what we’ve turned worship into.

We’ve made it about us: The subconscious (and sometimes conscious) motive for coming into God’s presence and saying the loving, adoring things to Him a lot of times is to then sneak in some request for our needs. To use a term found in organisations, it is more like ‘sucking up’ to God so that He will be favourably disposed towards us……or so we think. Now, there’s nothing wrong with asking your Father for stuff but as a parent, it doesn’t feel nice when you think your child is snuggling up to you and enjoying your company just to discover she just wanted to ask you for something and was ‘softening the ground’. The difference with God is that He sees right through to our heart and knows exactly what we’re after, whether we’re after Him (His face) or some ‘blessing’ (His hands).

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In the Potter’s Hands

There is a song I remember from way back that goes:

‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.’
[‘Spirit of the Living God’ by Daniel Iverson & Michael Baughen]

A more recent (but still old) song says something quite similar:

‘Take me and mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand
Call me, You guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand.’
[‘The Potter’s Hand’ by Hillsong]

The foundation for these two songs is the understanding that we belong to God and not to ourselves. This holds true on two levels:

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