Heart of Worship: Story behind the song

Here’s something I recently learned about Matt Redman’s song “Heart of Worship”. It’s a very moving and powerful song but the story behind it is even more amazing. You can read more about in an article here.

To summarize, the pastor of Matt Redman’s church decided the praise and worship time’s were losing their meaning and decided to remove the instruments and sounds system. They spent a period of time where the praise was purely voices, no band, no sound, just acapella. Though different and uncomfortable at first, it actually became a much more worshipful experience as the congregation no longer became distracted by the music, instruments, and sound but focused purely on the words.

This has been something I’ve always tried to do when I sing praise and one of the main things I preached to my band in Acts2fellowship Gold. What makes our worship times on Fridays and Sundays different from any other “rock” band out there are the words that we sing. Our words have meaning, they define who we are, who our God is and that should be our goal during times of praise. It’s not to sing nice rockin’ songs but the focus should be the words and letting that be tied to our desire to praise and worship God.

Dont’ get me wrong now, I’m not saying we lose our band because I love having praise! My prayer is that as a praise leader I’m able to help lead the congregation in a time of worship where the words we sing can connect with our hearts.

I’ll just end this post with some lyrics from the song…

When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come

Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart…

I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus


You can listen to the song here:

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Ander Chen – Acts2fellowship Gold Worship Leader

    • maurice
    • May 29th, 2009

    Good to hear the backstory. Even for someone as seminal to the Christian CCM world and well-known as Matt Redman, it’s encouraging to see that he sees the need to cut past all that to the original intent of praise/worship.

    That’s one of the things that made me really like Chris Tomlin when I met him at a Willow Creek Promiseland conference a while ago. He seemed down to earth, and not hung up on the image, the popularity, that his music got him. Just a regular guy with talent who wants to help connect people to God.

    Keep up the good work, Ander! (though I’ve never gotten to see you lead! can you upload a video of A2F praise? haha!)

    • Dom
    • May 29th, 2009

    True that.

    • jyu
    • May 29th, 2009

    thanks for sharing this.

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