The Vine Brake 5’s Devotional
Heart of Worship by Shelley Roth
We were created by Love for the purpose to love. It is so very simple but easily forgotten, when we are caught up in our own lives. The one thing the Lord desires is that we would love Him with all of our heart. He desires us completely, but too often, we try to love the Lord in the way we view and define love from our own perspectives, giving Him pieces and portions. We love in the way we understand or feel, rather than truly seeking out what love truly looks like according to Love Himself: God is love, love is God, and His love is perfect. When we begin to truly understand and grasp His love, there is an intimacy, like no other, found only in Him. Intimacy stirs longing, passion, and desire, all of which are keys to a heart of worship. Our heart, the core of which we are, containing all our thoughts and intents, is the source from which all the issues of life flow. True lovers of Christ will pursue His heart, and thus cultivate this wellspring of worship in the garden of their own hearts.
As believers, we sing songs of love and adoration on a daily to weekly basis, but do we sing with a specific purpose to love the lover of our souls, or are we just going through the motions of worship, because that is what we have always done and how we have always done it? Does our expression of worship reflect the songs we sing? Are we moved by His heart of love towards us? More importantly, is He moved by our heart towards Him? Words and phrases are too often used in our society with little thought or understanding as to what we are saying. Having a heart of worship is one such phrase we have all probably heard or even used on more than one occasion, but it is the condition of our heart, the core of who we are, that determines whether we have a heart of worship or not. A heart of worship is a heart from which a source of worship flows freely to the heart of the Father.
The biblical definition of worship is to bow, to lower oneself, to adore, to kiss… Worship, plain and simple, is to surrender, focusing all of ourselves on the One who created us to worship. Worship requires something from us: a heart surrendered – a heart exposed. We choose to surrender; we choose to put our focus on the Lord instead of on ourselves. King David, whom the Lord called a man after His own heart, stirred in himself a heart of worship. No matter the circumstance, he set his heart to bless the Lord. The Lord does not take pleasure in the sacrifices and offerings we give from a religious habit. It is the sincere heart, surrendered and humble, which He cannot turn away from. He is not after what we can work up. The lover of our soul is longing for our heart to long after His own.
If we desire a heart of worship, our desire and inclination is to touch and grasp a love beyond anything known or experienced, for there is no end to the depths of His love. God’s love for us has not changed and neither has His desire for our love. The question is how far are we willing to go? Do we come to Him with a sense of desperation? Do we desire and seek His heart daily? Do we desire to give all of our heart for the pure pleasure of simply giving, or are we drawn away by other loves? Are we distracted by thoughts and responsibilities, which seem to demand our attention and focus? Do we settle for what is comfortable or acceptable by the boundaries of religion, or are we moved to lavish our love upon Him in our worship to Him?
As we come near to Him, He comes even closer. What our heart desires is what we will surrender to and be drawn to. This desire will be the object of our worship. Webster’s defines desire as the internal act, which by influencing the will makes us proceed to action. Our actions reflect what we are drawn to and where our true desires lie. If we long to move the heart of the Lord, we will come running into His presence, loving Him with all our heart, mind, and strength. It is with this heart we become as an offering poured out. As we spend ourselves on Him, He pours into us. When we run into His presence, without hesitation, with the desperate desire to move His heart, it is with a heart unconcerned about anyone or anything but the One whose heart we long for. Worship isn’t about us, yet, as we give ourselves in worship, we are changed and taken to deeper places in Him, and in those deep places, our hearts begin overflowing as a heart of worship to the King.
Shelley Roth, Worship Leader of Oakridge Ministries, Yelm, WA
To read more about Shelley, Oakridge Ministries, and WONDER 2015 visit the conference website link below. Shelley will be leading a mainstay BRAKE-out session as well as leading worship for Brake 5’s WONDER 2015 Women’s Conference this coming February 2015. www.wonder2015.com
 Mark 12:30 “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all mind, and with all your strength…” NKJV
 1 John 4:16
 Hebrews 4:12; Proverbs 4:23
 John 15; Psalms 37:4; Deuteronomy 4:29; Psalms 119:2
 Strong’s Concordance: Hebrew#7812 Greek #4352
 Psalms 51:16-17
 James 4:8-10; Psalms 73:28; Hebrews 10:22-23
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