Podcast #380: “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

Worship is something I want to get right. What is the “Heart of Worship” that Matt Redman sings about — and is it right? God gets dibs on defining the type of worship that delights Him, don’t you agree?

Let’s explore Scripture to see how the type of worship that is pleasing to God is “more than a song.”

In this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Consulting an outside resource
    • Read in context
    • Use section headings to get your bearings
    • Make a list
    • Follow the cross-references
  • The 30 Day Music Challenge
  • Getting inspired by our theme verse – Colossians 3:16
  • Using a chart from an outside resource to jump into Scripture – Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts
  • How the Colossians were to “emphasize the ministry of teaching and admonition by the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs”
  • Exploring a song Moses wrote at God’s request – Deuteronomy 32
  • Reading about the purpose of the song through reading in context – Deuteronomy 31
  • Making a list of the characteristics of the song – Deuteronomy 31:19-22
  • Jumping over to 2 Chronicles 29 to experience a “coming back to the heart of worship” moment
  • Gaining clarity through the cross-references – Hosea 6:6, Isaiah 1:11-17, 1 Samuel 15:22, Matthew 9:13
  • The replacement of the Old Testament sacrificial system – Hebrews 10
  • The kind of sacrifice that God requires of us – Romans 12:1, Hebrews 13:15
  • Making a list of “more than a song” things that are pleasing in God’s sight from our study of Old and New Testament references (see lists above)

If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official lyric and chords video on YouTube below.

More Than a Song Playlist

Additional Resources

This Week’s Challenge

Read the song God had Moses write in Deuteronomy 32 in context. Consider what the song was intended to do for the people. Then explore the worship service after Hezekiah cleansed the temple in 2 Chronicles 29. Keep in mind what God said through the prophets in Hezekiah’s day in Hosea 6 and Isaiah 1. Start to wrap your head around God’s true intention in the sacrificial system and discover how Christ fulfilled it in Hebrews 10. Finally, make a list of the kind of sacrificial life that delights our Father in heaven.

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