Family, I’m back! With another #WorshipWednesday post. And this one, this is one I’m excited about!! Can you tell?
Two weeks ago, we spoke on the foundation of our worship. That the foundation should be something/someone that can stand the tests of time. We also established who/what that is. Do you remember? If you don’t, pause RIGHT HERE and go and read our previous #WorshipWednesday post. Then you can come back.
As I was writing the previous post, I kept thinking of a building as the extended metaphor for this series. In line with thinking of the foundation came the thought of the place where a foundation is laid. Foundations are never laid on top of the soil, but instead, they are laid within the soil.
I wrestled with this thought for a bit, trying to understand what exactly that symbolised and how it relates to your worship. My worship. Our worship of God. Let’s think about it a little further. If a foundation is laid within the soil, then that should equate to God’s word being laid in our hearts. Not on it, not around it, but in it. The Psalmist (King David) mentioned it in psalm 119 vs 11 saying “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” Job 22 vs 22 also says “Receive instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart“
My thinking continued into the days following the post.
Just as I was about to let go of the thought, God used His servant to speak into this thought and, I guess, bring it back to life. This servant’s name is David Kande, and as he gave me feedback on the previous post from a biblical perspective, he added so much more (by the guidance of the Holy Spirit I believe). Around the thought of the soil of a foundation, he said:
“It is great to have Jesus Christ as the foundation but I feel, and I strongly believe, it starts way deeper than that. I’m not saying there’s something greater than Jesus, but what I’m saying is the foundation ‘Jesus’ is a universal foundation. Until that foundation becomes personal.
Worship is not just about knowing the foundation. It’s about where the foundation is laid. So, I have a friend who went to build a house on land he bought. He said to me ‘David I spent over R700 000, not on equipment but on cleaning the ground.’ So I was like what do you mean you had to clean the ground? He says to me ‘there were a lot of ants, there were just all sorts of insects and I had to make sure that the ground where they were gonna lay the foundation is cleaned up before we could start building. Why? Because those things eat through the concrete.’
That’s why we have cracks in our houses. Not because the wind was blowing at it, or because the foundation is not strong. But because there are things that have eaten through the concrete. There are little things here and there, little bad knowledge here and there, things you watch, things you hear, stuff that you experience that can mess up your worship.
I mean, we have the greatest worship foundation who is Jesus Christ but we still have people who can’t worship in truth and in spirit. And so, the biggest issue actually has never really been about the foundation. It has always been about where we lay the foundation. The ground on which we lay the foundation.
That’s where the real issue is.”
Y’all already know my jaw dropped after that. I said yes! That is it! That’s exactly it! To make things a lot clearer, let me insert some pictures to show you all what I mean by a foundation being set in the soil.
It makes sense for our hearts to be the soil in which the foundation is laid. Thinking more on this, the parable of the sower came to mind. (Matthew 13:1-23)
Here, Jesus speaks about 4 different types of ‘hearts’ that receive the word. The word of God here is depicted as a seed, and in the first example we see it being sown along a path. The second time, we see it falling on rocky ground. The third, among the thorns and lastly, we see the same seeds falling on good ground. I won’t go into the details of it all, go and read your bible fam. Lol.
But, in verse 23 Jesus says But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Let’s just stop for a moment. Notice that its not just any kind of soil but Good Soil.
I did my research on the process(es) that take place before the foundation of a building is laid, and found that the soil ALWAYS needs to be inspected before any work can commence on a particular land.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4 vs 23
May I say it a little differently? We need to be highly aware of what we feed our hearts. We need to inspect what we both allow or have allowed into our heart. Not by our own strength and/or wisdom, but by that which we have in the Holy spirit, whom the Father has given us. He is the only one who can thoroughly search and know our hearts (Psalm 139:23), and pinpoint problem areas. Areas that eat away at the foundation of Jesus in our hearts.
To the point where we find it difficult to worship Him.
For some of us, it’s guilt, shame, embarrassment. For others, its hurt/pain, discouragements/disappointments. For others, it may be words that were said to you that cut you deep. It may just also be the things you’ve allowed yourself to take in. Certain songs we’ve listened to, movies/series we’ve watched, books we’ve read. The list is unending.
Don’t get me wrong, what I am not saying is that one needs to “clean up” before coming to Christ. No.
But, what I am saying is that, with being IN Christ, and choosing to live a life of worship unto the Father, our hearts should be open to allow Him to do the surgery or clean up that is (constantly) necessary in order to rid it of anything that will stand in the way of our genuine worship to Him.
Today, I leave a you with a call to action.
Take the time to sit with the Holy Spirit, and talk with Him about the state of your heart. The condition of your soil, and how that’s impacting your worship. I know for a fact that He’ll be more than willing to walk through it with you.
Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺