This week Wendy Clift shares some thoughts to encourage and empower us, helping us in our times of worship this week

More than a song.

As we prepare to return to Church and we learn to adapt to the changes, we find ourselves pondering, “what will the future hold?”. Not only regarding church life, but in our personal lives too.

A while ago as I was reading different articles and I began to realise that when church re-opened singing in church would probably be discouraged due to the risk of transmitting this horrible virus. When The Worship Centre began many years ago it birthed in us the heart to worship, yet now as we reopen we can’t sing!

I don’t consider God sent this virus, but I do consider He is drawing us to Himself as He builds His church, making us ready for His return.

I love worship songs and even more I love to express my worship through song.  I have, however, during this season been searching my heart because I sense that God is asking us to do that, and what I’m discovering about myself means I need to readjust my thinking and my motives.  The church has had a lot stripped away during this time of Covid and so along with the Church that Jesus is building I am learning and re-learning to ‘simply come’.

Many years ago Matt Redman wrote these words at a time in his life when God was asking him to make some adjustments.  He says it so much better than I can.

There isn’t a playlist of songs this Sunday; God wants to bless us as we take time out, and listen to Matt sing this song.  I promise you that worship will rise in your heart as you ‘simply come’ and ‘bless His heart‘.

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!

‘Heart Of Worship’ © 1998, Matt Redman.

When we sing in church again we will shout and dance and say ‘All I have is Yours’