There tends to be a misconception among Christians that we must worship God with a whole heart, even when bad things happen.
Have you ever been caught in a spiritual battle between a hard thing and an inability to worship? Have you ever experienced the crushing effects of all-consuming feelings and gut-wrenching pain? Instead of an open posture of worship, do you find yourself with clenched jaws, white knuckles, and a low-lying head?
The truth is that none of us possess a whole heart. We can only worship, pray, and seek God with a broken heart; a heart destined to be made whole by the love of God.
So if you are in a season of difficult worship, wafer-like prayers, and blurred faith, be encouraged. There are no “musts” or “shoulds” with God. There is only the invitation to come.
Release your grip long enough to offer your broken heart at the altar. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalms 51:17 ESV
He will give you the strength to lift your hands, your head, and your spirit to Him. “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” Psalms 3:3 ESV
We all worship God with a broken heart. The only heart that can’t worship Him is a hardened one.