March 27

Written by Bill Grandi on March 27th, 2019

My title is Shouting vs Silence.

I have gone to several concerts in my life…all in my younger (translated: not-so-bright) past.  🙂 I’ve attended several DeGarmo & Key concerts (Christian Rock). Their guests have been Petra and DC Talk on different occasions. I have attended a couple Rez Band concerts (stronger Christian rock) and once, Swedish Christian Rock band, Jerusalem, was their guest. All without ear protection. I walked out with a buzzing in my ears. 🙂 (But also a vibration in my soul). I’ve been to sporting events where the excitement was palpable the moment you walked in the doors. I was part of the din, part of the noise. I was excited to be there!

In his book, a SHELTER in the time OF STORM, Paul David Tripp writes:

The point is that in your life there are things that make you shout, and what makes you shout reveals something about what is going on in your heart.

To put it succinctly, it is called worship. I realize that is a tricky word because it conjures up all kinds of images. Ritual. Stained-glass windows. Liturgy. Free form. Hymns. Long, drawn-out, repetitious songs. Icons. All kinds of pictures. But worship in its most basic form comes down to a reflection of the heart. Proverbs 27:19 says, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” Broken down to its barest bones, that is a definition of worship. Worship is an unveiling, or is that revealing (?) of the human heart. What we truly count as valuable is revealed. What we truly see as worthy is laid bare. Worship is what moves me, molds me, motivates me. It shows what is inside me. It shows what is laying claim to my life right now. It shows what is shaping me.

Worship is revealing my heart. So it begs the question: what is being seen? By me? By others? When I attended those concerts and sang those songs, I wasn’t praising the musicians, although they were good. I wasn’t praising the songs, although I knew them and they resonated in me. No, I was really revealing WHO had my heart.

“Father, may my heart be revealed by my worship; may my worship reveal my heart. Capture me. Enrapture me.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Worship is powerful… True worship.
    It changes you. It is synonymous with glorify, refer, adore.
    Worship is designed to bring attention to the one being worshiped. To point to the one worthy of worship. It believe it does reflect the heart and revels what is inside.
    Just to add…
    I will add… true worship doesn’t stop when the music stops…it should continue throughout the week and in every aspect of life.

  2. Yes and Amen, Bill. And may my life be an act of worship!