W-O-R-S-H-I-P, Part 1: Wholehearted

My philosophy of ministry (particularly the role that music plays in ministering to the people of God) continues to change and grow as I continue to change and grow—hopefully for the better in both cases!  There are a few foundational principles, though, that serve as an anchor for me in the ever-undulating seas of modern music ministry, & I'd like to share 'em with you in this 7-part blog series.  Here we go!

W - Wholehearted 

     Halfhearted worship is an oxymoron; it simply does not exist. The adoration of the Almighty must be exercised ‘in spirit and in truth’ and, as Deuteronomy and the synoptic Gospels boldly proclaim, God’s people are commanded to love Him ‘with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength’. This all-or-nothing attitude, this admonition to spend every last bit of my heart, soul, mind, and strength on the worship of the Triune God lies at the core of my vision of a wholehearted ministry. ‘Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name’ (Psalm 103:1).

     The Wholehearted Worshiper knows that (to borrow the closing line of the classic Isaac Watts hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross) ‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’

Peace be with you,

Jeremy