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The Heart of Worship


by Jack E. Dawson



I will sing a new song to You, O God;
on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You…
happy are the people whose God is the Lord!
Psalm 144:9,15b

     Evening falls on the little mountain church as worshippers gather to praise God.  A small group of “mountain folk” bring their handmade instruments into the yard, preparing to “sing a new song” to the Lord.    The simple little church sits high above the darkness and gloom of the valleys.   The light radiating from its windows is from the Spirit that inspires true worship and illumines the praises of His people.  Three red-leafed trees surrounding the church speak of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Smoke rises from the chimney in two directions:  Some ascends, like true worship rising to the Father in Heaven.  Other smoke rises and then drifts back toward the darkness, just as insincere worship rises and falls into darkness.  The light of forgiveness shines on dark clouds of sin and death over the mountains.   The mountain path leads in two directions: One wanders past the church toward the dark hills and valleys, where it rambles from darkness to darkness and the faint illumination never leads to the source of light.  The other turns toward the light, and leads through the gate to the church.  The only entrance to the church is through the fence enclosing the churchyard.   The slats glow white near the heart-shaped gate, and form a cross where the path passes through the trellised entrance.  The trellis is covered with flowers and bittersweet vine, reminding us that the heart of true worship begins with the beautiful, bittersweet cross of Christ.

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