Matt Redman And Phil Wickham Perform 'Heart Of Worship'

Matt Redman And Phil Wickham Perform 'Heart Of Worship'

Matt Redman and Phil Wickham perform ‘Heart of Worship’ together, and the stripped-down version of this song parallels the lyrics in the music.

“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 way things appear
You're looking into my heart”

There’s no fanfare during this worship session. No colorful lights or fog. Just a room full of people praising the name of Jesus. Because, truly, that’s all that really matters.

The chorus brings us back to what’s important.

“I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You, it's 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 song ‘Heart of Worship’ was written by Matt Redman and became the title track for his 1999 album, The Heart of Worship. He wrote it after the pastor at his church, Soul Survivor, decided to act upon the apathy that he was witnessing in the church.

“There was a dynamic missing, so the pastor did a pretty brave thing,” Matt recalls. “He decided to get rid of the sound system and band for a season, and we gathered together with just our voices. His point was that we’d lost our way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart would be to strip everything away.”

Matt’s pastor, Mike Pilavachi, wanted the church to be engaged and producers in worship, not just consumers. Mike asked a question to his congregation that changed the way they viewed worship. He asked, “When you come through the doors on a Sunday, what are you bringing as your offering to God?”

This question started off with silence from the congregation, but Matt says that soon people started experiencing God in a fresh way through breaking out in spontaneous worship and prayers from the heart. “Before long, we reintroduced the musicians and sound system, as we’d gained a new perspective that worship is all about Jesus, and He commands a response in the depths of our souls no matter what the circumstance and setting,” explains Matt. “‘The Heart of Worship’ simply describes what occurred.”

Toward the end of the video, Matt Redman and Phil Wickham sing out the words, “We give you the highest praise. Jesus our savior, you’re worthy of it all.” The rest of the room joins in, and it’s so encouraging to see them all proclaiming this beautiful truth.