Songs of the Heart..

What is the song of your heart?

That’s not a question you may have been asked before but think about it for a moment.

What song is playing in your heart?

When we as believers come to worship God, He hears the song of our heart not just the words from our lips.

Sometimes, in our heart’s song there’s a background note or harmony that’s a bit off, a bit out of tune. The melody of worship is playing but occasionally there is that “wrong note” that influences the tune.

A song, as we know, is not just one note, it’s full of different and varied notes and chords that create harmonies. It only takes one of those notes to be off or slightly out of tune to spoil the music..the symphony of our hearts song.

I am sure we can all think of obvious actions, thoughts, emotions which would be those “off notes”. However, there are some things in our lives – past wounds, emotional hurts, wrong influences that we no longer recognise as “wrong notes”.

Those notes have become so familiar to us that we don’t hear them anymore or recognise that they are affecting the melody. Those sounds have become “white noise” or perhaps that one very painful note we have got used to and now ignore. Those “off-notes’ have blended in to our song.

Although, we may no longer hear them, God does. He hears the whole song of your heart. His ear is tuned in and God cares about the song playing in your heart. God wants us to be healed and whole in all areas of our lives in and through the finished work of Jesus and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit.

So, what song is your heart playing?

Is the Holy Spirit revealing something which has been that background noise or “note” for too long. Is there a wrong note influencing your relationship with God and others. It’s never too late for healing, restoration and release through the mighty power of Jesus and the living Word. Amen.

Re-write the tune

The heart of worship

I was reminded this week of how easy it can be to neglect our worship times with God especially in the current COVID circumstances. I can get distracted by doing life, work and the busyness of doing and then my times of personal worship to God suffer.

The Lord prompted me through a dream not to neglect the former things but to return to the heart of worship. There is a song about this by Matt Redman with beautiful lyrics which say:

“When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart”

Those words really spoke to my heart and as I listened to the song, I realised again how gracious God is when He gently reminds me to check my heart and draws Me back to Him. The source of life and perfect peace.

A glimpse of heaven awaits us in our times of worship. We lift up our eyes to His throne and His glory. Heaven’s seat of might and power. As we worship we see the Lamb of God..His beauty, His power, His glory. Heaven’s darling. We saturate ourselves in His presence through our praise and worship. We get a heavenly perspective of things and clearer revelation to help us be steadfast in faith and overcome things. We ascend those hills of praise and answer His call to come up higher to Him. To ascend the hill of the Lord. Our faith rises up as we gain fresh understanding and revelation of our great God and Jesus. We encounter the refreshing power of His Holy Spirit as we meet with Him.

I encourage myself (and I hope you) to keep the music of heaven and worship alive in our hearts. We exchange the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise and are filled with the joy of our salvation.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” Psalm 42:1