One of the important lessons Jesus has revealed to me is that during worship, He never wants us to focus on ourselves or how broken we are. During this time, we have to be careful of inward focus. It’s our human nature to “search our hearts” during the service. However, if we don’t have the knowledge and believe that we are the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:22), it can get a little blurred.
Too many times we end up condemning ourselves during worship and losing sight of our true identity. We start to dwell on what we’ve done wrong during the previous week and what sin needs to be forgiven. All of the sudden the focus is no longer praising our Father but beating ourselves up and we begin to lose sight of Jesus’ glorious face.
One of my favorite hymns is Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. It sums up what true worship is all about: shifting the focus to Jesus, realizing that we are more than conquerors, gazing upon His beauty, and watching all our cares (stress from life, condemnation, etc.) dissipate in His presence as He is lifted high.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
When Jesus was on the cross He said, “It is finished.” He took our sins from the past, present, and future. I’m not saying that we should run around doing whatever we please with no consequence, but if we truly come from a place of victory in our lives when we worship, we won’t have anything to do but gaze upon Jesus and praise His name.
With Christ’s sacrifice, we are under the new covenant and covered by His blood. If we are co-heirs with Christ and made new through Him, then how on earth could we be broken? While we were once broken and in need of saving, Jesus has repaired and restored us. Hallelujah! We are favored and blessed — not for anything we have done or currently do but because of what Jesus did on the cross. Knowing this, we can worship Him freely.
About the author:
Nat Clubb is a Regional Sales Rep. at Brentwood Benson and has been leading worship for the past 15 years. He is active in the worship songwriting community here in Nashville and was a worship minister at Shorelife Community Church in California before working at Brentwood Benson. Nat enjoys spending time with his two young daughters and wife, playing guitar, and getting to know other people and their life stories.