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“When All Is Stripped Away” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

March 15, 2020

“Make me hear of your love in the morning, because I rely on you. Make me know the way I should walk, because I entrust myself to you.” Psalm 143:8, Complete Jewish Bible

In the late 1990s we heard a song come out of England by a worship leader named Matt Redman. When it made it across the Big Pond, Michael W. Smith sang it on his 2001 album Worship. The song was entitled The Heart of Worship. Many of us sang it regularly in our church worship gatherings.

Here is a bit about the song’s background, as posted on Crosswalk.com on March 25, 2004.

Matt Redman, Heart of Worship
https://www.crosswalk.com/church/worship/song-story-matt-redmans-the-heart-of-worship-1253122.html

“The song dates back to the late 1990s, born from a period of apathy within Matt’s home church, Soul Survivor, in Watford, England. Despite the country’s overall contribution to the current worship revival, Redman’s congregation was struggling to find meaning in its musical outpouring at the time.

“There was a dynamic missing, so the pastor did a pretty brave thing,” he recalls. “He decided to get rid of the sound system and band for a season, and we gathered together with just our voices. His point was that we’d lost our way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart would be to strip everything away.”

Reminding his church family to be producers in worship, not just consumers, the pastor, Mike Pilavachi, asked, “When you come through the doors on a Sunday, what are you bringing as your offering to God?”

Matt says the question initially led to some embarrassing silence, but eventually people broke into a cappella songs and heartfelt prayers, encountering God in a fresh way.

“Before long, we reintroduced the musicians and sound system, as we’d gained a new perspective that worship is all about Jesus, and He commands a response in the depths of our souls no matter what the circumstance and setting. ‘The Heart of Worship’ simply describes what occurred.”

As I sat in my prayer chair this early morning, a fine time to spend with our Lord, I was reading in Psalms 143, and the Lord’s Word in verse 8 spoke to my heart, and so I write it again.

“Make me hear of your love in the morning, because I rely on you. Make me know the way I should walk, because I entrust myself to you.”

As I prayed about the “state of the world” – with the pandemics, the wars, the mistreatment and persecutions of Christians, the murder of the unborn – my heart rested on the truth that our God reigns, that when all is stripped away, that He is still standing, ruling, guiding, and directing our steps. He is in full control.

As sporting events, theatre, and much of the entertainment world is being shut down in the USA, Europe, Israel, and many nations, along with the educational systems and so much more, that which many have based their life on, what is left?

When it all is stripped away, what do they have left? What do you have left?

If Jesus is not the center of your life, the bedrock that we are to stand on, what do you and I have left when it is all stripped away?

Read the lyrics of Heart of Worship. Consider your ways. See if your heart is trusting in Him, the Lord of All, or if you have let all the rest take His place in your life. Stop and consider. Then come back to Him in all your ways.
Heart of Worship Lyrics
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart

I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much you deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath!

I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart, yeah

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus

The Heart Of Worship’ – Incredible Live Performance From Matt Redman At Passion from matt-redman on GodTube.
 

You can listen to the song here Heart of Worship as sung by Michael W. Smith. You can also read the full story behind the song: Heart of Worship by Matt Redman.

When all else fails, when all has been stripped away, when nothing else is left, He certainly is the One standing, the Only One Whom we can rest our hopes and base our lives on.
 

Now think on this.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #489 – in the year of our Lord 03.15.2020 – “When All is Stripped Away” Sunday, 6:30 am in Charlotte, NC USA

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid and social media support, Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 26 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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