Head and Heart
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Worshipping the Lord has been described in many ways. Too many times, it has been an “either/or” proposition. It is either this style or that style; this kind of music or that kind of music; this kind of liturgy or that kind of liturgy. ("Liturgy" simply means "the work of the people.")
The Scripture more often describes worship as “both/and.” The head and the heart are to be connected. Content does matter tremendously or one winds up worshipping something other than the God of the Bible. Words alone, even right words, can still miss the mark.
I am reminded of the conversation between Talkative and Faithful in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress in which Faithful confronts Talkative with the fact that the latter is all head and words, and no heart and deeds. Talkative does only that. Endless blabbering. When Faithful begins to move the conversation in terms of action, Talkative retreats and changes the subject!
We need to feed both the head and the heart. Might I recommend to your summer reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress? It is as current as your latest "refresh" button on your computer!