Last night, my husband and I had the opportunity to experience a date night at the new Hillsong movie Let Hope Rise! It was absolutely amazing! If you know me at all, you know that worship is where I am the most alive, grounded and feel the closest to my Savior. This movie was done in such a way where the hearts of each member of the band were clearly expressed in an honest and vulnerable manner.

I began to ponder what worship truly is and how God desires our hearts to be aligned with His when we enter that sacred time with Him. Worship is defined as “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” Many groups of Christians live in a way where worship is only held on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and at mid-week Bible study. The reality is that God desires us to worship Him in every second of every day. He doesn’t need us to dress up and clean up in order to meet with Him. He wants our hearts in a surrendered state, saying “Father, You alone are worthy of my all.”

So, you know when you’re sitting at the red light and you glance into the car beside yours and the driver is in their own little world singing or using the steering wheel as a mini drum set? Well, truth is, I’m that driver almost every time I’m behind the wheel. I have discovered that in those moments of solitude, where I find myself alone with God, I often unearth a spirit where I am completely caught up in His love and faithfulness to me; and in turn, I can’t help but worship who He is. I possess the freedom and liberty to joyfully, though not always pleasantly, sing along to worship anthems like Hillsong United’s “With Everything” and offer my praise and surrender to the only One who deserves it. It is a time, like the lyrics below state, where I ask Him to break down my pride and the walls within me so that I can begin to view things and others the way He does.

Open our eyes,
To see the things
That make Your heart cry,
To be the church
That You would desire.
Light to be seen.

Break down our pride,
And all the walls
We’ve built up inside,
Our earthly crowns
And all our desires,
We lay at Your feet.

So let hope rise,
And darkness tremble
In Your holy light,
And every eye will see
Jesus, our God,
Great and mighty to be praised.

God of all days,
Glorious in all of Your ways.
Your majesty, the wonder and grace,
In the light of Your name.

With everything,
With everything,
We will shout for your glory.

With everything,
With everything,
We will shout forth your praise.

Our hearts they cry
Be glorified,
Be lifted high,
Above all names.
For You our King,
With everything,
We will shout forth your praise.

I began to ponder what it is exactly that makes Hillsong so successful as a band and as a worldwide church? Is it because they are “cool”? Is it their talent? Is it their powerful lyrics? I do believe that each of those qualities adds to their success but without the key elements driving them, they would have never reached the accomplishments that they have! So you might be wondering what are the key elements that their band is built on. It’s Christ. It’s humility. It’s surrender and sacrifice. It’s stepping aside so Jesus can shine through.

Though most of us will never reach the level of fame that the Houston’s and the rest of the band members have; we, in the same way, need to keep our priorities straight as we enter our personal time of worship. If we are consumed with being seen, heard or known in a public way, then we miss the mark completely. We need to enter into a spirit of worship while we get ready for work, prepare our meals, while we’re driving, as well as in the public arena of church. Hebrews 12:28-29 says “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Let that sink in for a moment. We have the privilege to worship the God of the universe that loves you just as much as He loves me!

Have you ever seen a small child looking up at their father with their hands raised towards him? They are in a position where they are asking him to lift them up and carry them. It is ultimately a surrendered spirit saying “I need you.”  In worship people often raise their hands in many different ways. If you don’t know what I mean, take a second to watch this funny video! In all seriousness, I do this nearly every time I worship. It is not as a show or spectacle, it is rather as a child of God lifting my hands towards my Father saying “Father, I need you”.  It is surrender.

I believe that the time has come where it is essential for Christians to grasp the true heart of worship and look past the instruments used or the time period the songs were written. Just as the old hymn “Amazing Grace” rings true today, so do the new worship anthems such as “Oceans” or “Touch The Sky” penned by contemporary Christian bands. So let’s put ourselves aside and let God step in. Let’s worship Him in all areas of life with a heart of submission and vulnerability and let’s prepare ourselves to see Him move in ways we’ve never experienced before!


Posted by:Emily Laniak

I am a 27 year young, candle loving, Jesus worshipping, creative entrepreneur and proud dog mom. I am a chronic illness warrior by the grace of Jesus and my heart beats to worship Him.

One thought on “The True Heart Of Worship

  1. Very good and true. I remember being “that guy” in my car when I spent all those hours on the road lol. Those were special times with God that’s for sure.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s