The Heart of Worship

On a Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, β€œWoman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
(Luke 13:10-17)

Jesus spoke to the woman, crippled by a spirit of infirmity, bent over (doubled over) for 18 years, and couldn’t straighten up. She’d been that way and couldn’t help herself. I look at this passage, and I look inwards into my life.
There are habits and shortcomings that I want gone. I see it as a crippling spirit. I look at this passage, and I understand this is what sin does- it cripples one. It bends one over.

Jesus not only spoke to this woman. But He put His hands on her. She had no choice but to be straightened. For the first time, she could see the sky, see human faces (even the Jewish rabbi teachers) and raise her arms in praise to God. She’d been in the midst of all of that activity for 18 years and was at the same time denied that.

She had been a fervent synagogue attendee but in that state with no changes to her situation. Until Jesus intervened. He likened her to a donkey tied and bound.

In these last days, the enemy wants the children of God bound. Albeit unconsciously.
Yes, we look good in church all week, clapping, shouting, jumping, and all that. But let’s bring the mirror closer and check if we are ‘bent over’ in any way ‘hidden in plain sight’.

Let’s bring it forward to our Lord in humility and “when the music fades and all is stripped away, lets simply come, longing just to bring something that’s of worth. Let’s bring Him more than a song, for a song in itself is not what He has required. He searches more deeper within, to the way things appear. He’s looking into our hearts. Let’s come back to the ‘heart of worship’ where it’s all about Him.”
(Matt Redman β€œHeart of Worship”)

By Chinwe Aggrey, DOTK Community Writer

26 thoughts on “The Heart of Worship”

  1. Yes, Yes, and Amen Thank you Father God for this profound word! Hallelujah πŸ‘‘πŸͺžβš–️πŸ₯‡πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŒΉπŸŒˆπŸ¦‹πŸ’ƒπŸŒοΈπŸ€žπŸ†πŸ¦šπŸ’ͺ Matthew 6:9;13

  2. Glory Thank you Father God for all of your strength that you sent to me every day of my life praise to your holy name your are my everything in Jesus mighty name Amen πŸ™πŸΎ My God my Godβ™₯️β™₯️

  3. Powerful πŸŽ‡
    Thank you for this great word, this awesome confirmation, this soul searching, heart surrendering, mind renewing testimony ❀️
    I grab hold and I am run with it, declaring GOD shall do what only He can do in and through me πŸ™
    I’m coming back to a heart of worship, where its all about JESUS πŸ™ŒπŸ‘

  4. Good Morning Sister Chinwe, Thank you for your word from God. Hallelujah and amen. πŸ‘πŸΎ
    Praise God πŸ™πŸΎβ™₯️✝️

      1. Anonymous says:
        April 21, 2023 at 10:09 am
        Oh Lord hear us as we pray.0 Lord give us Your Heart.πŸ™

  5. Thank you Father God for touching and healing me! For straightening me up! For where I was bound I am no more! Glory be yo you oh God!

  6. O Lord I desire to see You when the time comes, without a wrinkle or spot.
    Pls help me be sober always as I watch and pray
    In Jesus name amen.

  7. If anyone is reading this, please pray for me and my family. We are in a situation where we need GOD help. I wish I could go into detail but I’m so heartbroken. This feels like a Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo situation. Please pray πŸ₯Ί

  8. This!!! This is so true!!! And so many are walking around blinded to the bondage because world has excepted it as normal.

  9. Thank you for this …. Thank you Father!!! as I walk through situations that I thought was to hard for God to fix I know now nothing is to hard for him each day I gain strength in God that he has been there all along and He will never leave my side even in the healing of Cancer so yes I have a heart ❀️ to give thanks for the good thing he had done and will continu to do in my life Hallelujah amen

  10. Lord this message right here spoke to me so profoundly! Help me Jesus to get free from the things that keep me bent over!! Arrest everything in my spiritual development that may hinder my fulfilled purpose in you. Lord bring me to a place in you that I will sing shout dance before you in freedom even when the song stops playing! Bring me back to a true heart if worship cause it’s ALL about you!
    Thank you Chinwe for allowing the Holy Spirit to have its way in you!

    1. Our God is an awesome God.
      He knows our struggles because He’s been there.
      May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Love of God and the fellowship of The Holy Spirit be with us even now and forever amen.

  11. Yes, let us return back into The Lord with an “Heart of Worship!”
    Let’s Bow Down and Worship Him!!!πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› To surrender all by giving our heart to Him, that we choose to be made whole/well by Him. When we have an encounter with Jesus we can’t remain the same!!! Those that worship Him MUST worship Him in Spirit and Truth. We need to be truthful, being honest with Him about it all as we confess so that we can be HEALED!!!❀️❀️❀️ Where His Spirit is the Fullness of Joy as well as Liberty!!! As we give Jesus our infirmities, as we cast our cares not picking them back up. We can be free and loosened from being entangled. Sin, do keep us bound because we feel guilt, shame, and unworthy because of the sin. That’s why our Father doesn’t like it when we make the choice to do so. πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

    Sister Chinwe Aggrey, DOTK Community Writer – thank you for bringing this up. It is such a blessing!πŸ”₯βœοΈπŸ’ž

  12. Amen… Please pray for me and my husband we are going through some rough times. We need God’s help at every step. I am 30 weeks pregnant and am experiencing an attack on our marriage. also, pray for our unborn baby’s protection.

    1. I have prayed for you and your family an the Lord is going to work on your behalf just trust an believe that the Lord will make away an bring you out of the satisfaction that you are in. An when he does give him the praise that he deserves. Be encouraged an look to Jesus πŸ‘‘βœοΈπŸ’•

    2. May the hand of God that is not too far and His ear that is not too dull hear your cry and do only what He knows how to do best. May comfort arise for you and yours as the early morning dew and settle on you all , leaving peace, healing behind .in Jesus name amen. ” peace be still!” says the Master.

  13. I have prayed for you and your family an the Lord is going to work on your behalf just trust an believe that the Lord will make away an bring you out of the satisfaction that you are in. An when he does give him the praise that he deserves. Be encouraged an look to Jesus πŸ‘‘βœοΈπŸ’•

  14. What a beautiful devotional. It helps put my focus back on what really matters. Thank you. Blessings πŸ‘€πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈπŸ“–πŸ™ŒπŸ½

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