Crashing Waves: A Thought on Worship

pexels-photo-24616As we complete our sermon series (The Heart of Worship...check out the whole series here) on worship, Dave Schatz, our Deacon of Worship and Arts, shares some thoughts as well as a video. Enjoy!

I hope you have had the opportunity to follow this latest sermon series on worship. It has been one of the most enlightening series we have ever had here for me personally.  As part of a leadership team here serving on the worship and arts commission we are constantly challenged to help provide the material that makes worship possible here. But this recent sermon series helped remind me that not I nor anyone else on the worship commission or staff are responsible for your experience with worship here.

The worship commission and staff provide material and an environment to help aid you in your worship but your worship experience is entirely up to you. Your worship here on Sunday mornings is only a small part of the worship you share with God. Because if it is true that you are a new life in Christ when you gave yourself to Him, worship is the very air you breathe in that life. Your life became an act of worship that day, and no one but you can bring about the kind of worship that God desires from you. The kind that says “Lord, I am 100%, without a doubt, in love with you”.

For myself this journey has drawn me closer to God then I have ever been. In my prayers and quiet times, I have been reflecting on how to go deeper with God. I am more and more convinced that God will not be satisfied until I have given him everything because he knows that until I do I will never understand the love He has for me.

Lately a song done by Bethel music called “In Over My Head” has caught my ear and become my prayer. Not just for me but for all of you. It’s a word picture of being at the ocean and walking out further and further from the shore. It is allowing God to crash over you like waves keep crashing as you go out deeper and deeper out until you finally surrender to the power of God and trust in him for everything.

Once you start giving into God in this way you will begin to experience worship in a whole new way. Your preferences of worship will become less important than just the experience of allowing God to crash into you while you surrender it all to Him. God desires to take you further out, away from the shore. You just have to trust in Him and allow the waves of His love and mercy to crash over you until you too are in over your head.

In Over My Head (by Jen Johnson and Bethel music)

I have come to this place in my life
I'm full but I've not satisfied
This longing to have more of You
And I can feel it my heart is convinced
I'm thirsty my soul can't be quenched
You already know this but still
Come and do whatever You want to

I'm standing knee deep but I'm out where I've never been
And I feel You coming and I hear Your voice on the wind

Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in
Let love come teach me who You are again
Would you take me back to the place where my heart was only about You
And all I wanted was just to be with You
Come and do whatever You want to

And further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours
And further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours

Then You crash over me and I've lost control but I'm free
I'm going under, I'm in over my head
Then you crash over me, and that's where You want me to be
I'm going under, I'm in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I'm beautifully in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I'm beautifully in over my head
I'm Beautifully in over my head
I'm Beautifully in over my head

1 Response

  1. Brian Smith
    Excellent Post Dave! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and that awesome song!

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