One of my favorite lyric lines comes from the song “The Heart of Worship”. This older chorus by Matt Redman, starts by saying, “When the music fades, and all is stripped away; and I simply come.”
At the start of this new year, it is easy to get caught up with what we will ADD to our new schedule, new routine, or new plans. Many of us will make resolutions and most, for the betterment of our lives. What we often fail to ask ourselves is what will we subtract from our schedules, routines and lives.
This can also apply to our worship. We get caught up in the “What more can I do God…?” when He often reminds us that really what we need, is to do less.
Isaiah 1:11 is a brief reminder that God doesn’t need our sacrifice. If we get lost in the doing, we’ve missed the point of worship. The Israelites became so accustomed to bringing a “sacrifice”, it became meaningless and trite. Sometimes we think that more is better. More can be good, but if our heart and focus is attached to the “more” then we can easily loose track of the “who” and the “why” of worship.
This new year, let me remind you to take a moment and ask the Lord what He may be asking you to strip away. What are you going to let go of in order to fully give to God the worship He deserves and desires? Let your worship flow from a place of true desire and longing to simply be with Him and not from a place of… more.