LOVE THIS SONG
I’ve been listening to Desperation Band’s newest release, Banner, for about a month now. I love every song on it, but there’s one song in particular that has captured my heart, Break Open. It draws me into worship even more than the others. The feel of the song is great, I love the music, but the lyrics are what really get me. Check them out:
I’ll pour out my life
My soul magnifies
The Lord, my God, the Savior King
I will not give, I will not give, I will not give what cost me nothing
That last line comes from the following scripture:
1 Chronicles 21:23-24, 23 Ornan said to David, “Take it for yourself; and let my lord the king do what is good in his sight. See, I will give the oxen for burnt offerings and the threshing sledges for wood and the wheat for the grain offering; I will give it all.” 24 But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing.”
King David was making a purchase for the purpose of sacrifices in worship. Ornan wanted to give it to him, but David refused to give something to God that he had not paid for. He wanted to ascribe value to His King.
Those words call out to my heart. They draw me into worship. They challenge me to give all I have as I serve Him.
Our worship team has listened to this song a few times before our Sunday morning services, and each time we have challenged ourselves to pour out all we have in worship. Our hearts desire is to not be casual about what we do – – even more to encourage our church to not be casual about worship.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The investment we make in worship to our God conveys the value we place on our relationship with Him. It’s not much different than our relationships with other people in that regard. If we value them we will invest in those relationships. We will give of our time and our life to nourish and grow them. If we value our relationship with God we will give of our time and our life, we will pour ourselves out to convey to God the value we place on our relationship with Him.
What does it cost you to worship God? Is it costing your time? Your finances? Your energy? Worship should not be a casual check on the list of things to do. It should be a purposeful event, a focused and meaningful act of placing value on the One we love. It is a time for us to tell God how grateful we are for Who He is and for what He has done in and for us.
Next Sunday, when the band starts playing, don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Close your eyes, open your mouth, maybe even raise your hands and thank the One who saved you. Let it cost you something.