Psalm 84: 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
The church I lead in suburban Dallas is making plans to add a third Sunday worship service later in 2016 – one different than the existing two services. As such we’ve been doing some study and exploration into best worship practices, forms, and so on. Time well spent, if you ask me. However, Psalm 84 reminds me of perhaps the most important dynamic in the experience of worship, “My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
One’s experience of worship is mostly determined by the heart of the worshipper.
As I read the words of the psalmist, I perceive someone who would have a powerful worship experience no matter what. Why? Because his is a heart of worship. He’s seeking the Lord long before he sets foot in the worship space. Something for me to remember the next time I want to complain about some element of worship.
Heavenly Father, give us a heart of worship – one that seeks you and finds you, no matter what happens in the sanctuary. Amen.