A couple of days ago I was passing the only Christian bookshop in town and had this irresistible
urge to go in and buy a Matt Redman CD. So I came out with his latest
live recording - "Blessed Be Your Name The Worship Songs of ... Vol 1."
Awesome collection. Great to listen to them again.
Then this evening, dipping into "Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places" again, I read:
"It isn't long before we are standing in line to buy whatever is being offered. And because none of the purchases does what we had hoped for, or at least not for long, we are soon back to buy another, and then another. The process is addictive. We have become consumers of packaged spiritualities.
"This is also idolatry. We never think of using this term for it since everything we are buying or paying for is defined by the adjective "Christian". But idolatry it is nevertheless: God packaged as a product; God depersonalized and made available as a technique or program. The Christian market in idols has never been more brisk or lucrative."
But Matt has been there too:
When the music fades
And all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart
I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You're looking into my heart
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about You Jesus
The Heart of Worship
"I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it" - that's the recognition of idolatry. Whereas the "heart of worship" is the focus on Jesus, the person, the God/man, the Christ - not the product, nor the music, nor the singer.