Discover how you can develop the heart of a worshipper and draw nearer to God. The Lord is calling us to worship Him in spirit and truth.
After looking at what the difference between worship and praise. I thought it would be good to touch on the heart of a worshipper. And how we can cultivate it in our lives as believers.
As believers, we are worshippers of God. It becomes a natural by product of our relationship with Him. It’s extremely hard to have an intimate relationship with Him without the aspect of worship. They go hand in hand.
In the Bible, you will see many instances when God instructed His people to worship Him. When God rescued the Israelites from Pharaoh, He wanted them to be free to worship Him (Exodus 3:12).
Today, He has set us free from slavery of sin and has given us eternal life through Christ so that we can worship Him freely.
Worshipping God is not about going to a certain place like church to do it, but true worship flows from our hearts wherever we are.
When Jesus was ministering to the Samaritan woman at the well, she told Him that her ancestors worshipped on the mountain, and that Jews said that people must worship God in Jerusalem (John 4:20).
She thought that one must go to a special place to worship. The truth is that worship happens in the heart of the believer. Jesus responded to her lack of knowledge on true worship in
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Jesus was telling her that a time was coming that people would worship God in the Spirit and in truth and that had nothing to do with a physical location.
If we are to worship God today, we will do so in the Spirit. We connect with God through our spirits, and it is the place where we worship Him.
We need to focus on preparing our hearts to worship God daily so that we can experience Him in His fullness.
If you don’t worship… you’ll never experience God.– David Jeremiah
Now, let’s look at some practical ways we develop a lifestyle of a true worshipper…
The Heart of A Worshipper
We are going to look different aspects that make for a true worshipper.
Loving the Presence of God
If we are to have a heart of worship, then we need to love being in the presence of God.
When we are in His presence, He transforms us as we worship Him without holding back. We find great and everlasting joy in the presence of God…
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11
God fills us with more of Himself as we open our hearts to Him in worship. Enjoy being His presence daily as you worship and adore Him. It will transform your life!
We cultivate a heart of worship by coming before God in humility. His grace is available to us when we humble ourselves. He lifts us up to a place where we only focus on Him and not the issues of our lives.
Having a humble heart means that we don’t come before God with conditions or ultimatums. We are to come before Him empty so that He can fill us with Himself.
Psalm 5:5 says that the arrogant cannot stand in the presence of God, and we know that He opposes the proud.
A humble heart recognizes that it follows the will of God and not its own. A humble heart is key to having a heart of a worshipper.
Having a Soft Heart
That humble heart must also be a soft heart. To be a true worshipper of God, repentance is something you do when you sin against God, and disobey His commands.
We cultivate a heart of a worshipper by ensuring there is nothing hindering us from connecting with God intimately.
The story of King David sinning against God by sleeping with Bathsheba, and indirectly killing her husband in the war…is a big doozy.
But David truly repented when the prophet Nathan confronted him (2 Samuel 12.13). After the child he had with Bathsheba died, he rose up and worshipped God. “Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped” (2 Samuel 12:20).
The whole story is incredible because even though David did wrong, his heart was so soft before God that he was able to repent and worship despite all that had happened.
When you have a repentant soft heart, you will repent and worship God even though you are facing the consequences of your sin.
Loving God’s Word
A true worshipper loves the Word of God, and reads it to know God and His ways.
God gave us His Word so that it would guide and direct us throughout our lives. When we feed on His Word, we can’t help but love Him more because we are knowing Him more intimately.
We are to live by God’s Word each day because it satisfies our souls.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4
The Word of God cleanses us as we read it, and shows us how we can worship God in our daily lives.
An Obedient Heart
God desires that we obey Him as our Creator and Savior. We can’t be true worshippers if we don’t obey His commands.
When King Saul sinned against God, the prophet Samuel reminded him that God does not desire offerings and sacrifices but obedience (1 Samuel 15:22).
We are like sheep that need a Shepherd who will guide us with His voice to the right pastures so that we will prosper.
Growing your faith
To cultivate a heart of worship you must be growing in your faith.
Jesus reconciled us to God when He died to set us free from our sins, and restored our relationship with God. As you grow in your faith, you will find that worshipping God is amazing and brings such refreshing and blessing to you and the Lord.Your worship will flow from the heart!
And as you continue in your walk with the Lord…remember Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), and will help you grow to have the heart of a worshipper. Keep seeking Him and You will find incredible peace, love, and joy.
Feel free to leave me a comment below. I would love to hear what God is teaching you about being a true worshipper.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…