“Tune My Heart”

Author: Paul Byssainthe
March 14, 2019

“Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me ever to adore Thee, May I still Thy goodness prove, While the hope of endless glory Fills my heart with joy and love.”

This hymn has always been one of my personal favorites. In reflecting on these lyrics recently, they brought to mind the great commandment articulated by Jesus in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.”

For me this is a wonderful reminder that our first order of business and our primary responsibility as Christians is to worship God; to love the Lord with all our hearts; to orient our hearts, minds, and entire beings toward our Creator and our loving King. 

The 20th century author A.W. Tozer writes that, “We are born to worship, and if we are not worshiping God in the beauty of His holiness, we have missed the reason for being born…Worship is man’s full reason for existence.” In other words, worship is the Christian’s full-time occupation. Nothing should be allowed to interfere or diminish this sacred duty of the believer. 

God created us to worship Him, yet I find that when most of us think of worship, we often focus on musical style or performance, or on technological aspects or a myriad of other considerations. While these elements certainly have a place in the conversation, I believe that any serious discussion of worship should begin by reflecting on the Presence of God. In the Revelation 4, John paints a vivid picture of the heavenly throne room, where the four living creatures cry out, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” And as they glorify God, the 24 elders worship Him, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” 

Too often in our thoughts of worship, we limit our scope only to the activities that occur on the church premises each Sabbath. We fall into the trap of confining God to the church building, but worship doesn’t stop when we leave the four walls of the church. Worship is not an event, but a lifestyle. All of life, our whole being, must worship God. Tozer again writes that, “If we compartmentalize our life and let certain parts worship God, but other parts we keep for ourselves and for our own self-interests, then we are not worshiping God as we should…Worship is not a spotlight focusing on one area of life. True worship radiates throughout a person’s entire life.“

At our weekly office staff meetings at Sligo, Pastor Tapp regularly begins each meeting with a devotional thought. These come from a variety of sources, but one of my personal favorites is the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. A recent entry titled, “You Need Me Every Moment,” resonated with me in regards to this topic. Writing from the perspective of Jesus, she writes, “Your awareness of your constant need for me is your greatest strength. Your neediness, properly handled, is a link to my Presence…Make me central in your consciousness by praying continually: simple, short prayers flowing out of the present moment. Use My Name liberally, to remind you of My Presence.”

My hope and prayer for each of us today is that we are able to experience the intimacy of His Presence in all of our thoughts and actions. Let everything that we do be a reflection of the great God that we serve.  Remember that we are here to glorify God and enjoy Him thoroughly and forever, telling the universe how great God is. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”


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