Summary: The heart of Jesus is one that is a worship hungry heart and focused on God.
Just Like Jesus pt 3
The heart of Jesus is compassionate, forgiving, listening and led by an invisible hand. Today we will see two more components of His heart, may those components be ours also.
His heart is a Worship hungry heart.
How did we prepare to come here today? What were the things we did to prepare ourselves for worship this morning? Did we come here with an “ok” attitude? You know what I mean, one of those “let me put in my time” attitudes. Wayne Bradfield has said on numerous occasions “When it comes to worship, God is the spectator we are the participants.” Worship requires us to have an attitude and it requires us to prepare.
What is our attitude this morning?
Are we glad to be here?
Are we glad to see others here?
Have we hugged someone new this morning?
Did we come in with a song in our heart and a smile on our face?
Did we confide in someone about what troubles us?
What course did we set to get here in the proper attitude for worship?
There was a story about airline passengers and pew sitters. There is a lot in common between the two. Some want a “nice” flight, uneventful, get me there on time attitude. Some want more. There was a little boy on this one flight and he made the request “Can I see the Pilot?” When news of this request reached the cockpit, the Pilot stepped out and asked who wanted to see him? The little boy raised his hands excitedly. The Pilot invited him up to the cockpit to look inside. There was also a group of ladies with beach bags, sundresses and wide brimmed hats, giggling excitedly as the made there way to their seat, there was also the business who wore a frown the whole trip as he stared at the screen of his laptop. Yet others contentedly took their seat, smiled a little, relaxed a little, and when the flight was over they got up from their seat and exited the plane saying “It was a nice flight.” Yet how do you think that little would describe it? Few of us come with that wide eyed enthusiasm of that little boy, and then few of us leave with that same wide-eyed wonder of having stood in the presence of the pilot himself. We need that “worship-hungry heart” that says I came to see Jesus.
How can we prepare for worship?
1. Pray before coming
2. Come hungry
3. Listen to worshipful music on our way here
4. Come expecting God to speak to our hearts
5. Come expecting to see Jesus
MT 17:1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don’t be afraid." 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
Worship changes the face of the worshipper. If the face is sad, when comes to worship it changes to glad. The face of the worshipper reflects that which is worshipped. Here Jesus came to worship and his face was changed. I am reminded of the short story about the little boy coming home from school during a storm. His mother was watching from the window as he made his way down the street. Every time the lightning flashed he looked up and smiled. When his mother asked why he did that he exclaimed; “God was taking my picture so I wanted to smile for Him.” God wants to change our expression. How does God change our expression? It is through worship. He wants wipe away wrinkles of worry, relax clenched jaws, smooth ruffled foreheads, wipe away shadows of shame and give us a new face.
Worship is the act of magnifying God, enlarging our view of Him.
Do we have big problems? Big worries, big questions? Therefore we need a big view of God.
We sing “Holy Holy Holy” if we sing what we mean and mean what we sing, how can we not expand our view of God?