Justin Tucker

LHC Worship Pastor

Psalm 69:30-31

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

In the world of Christian music, Rich Mullins stood out as a true worshiper whose life and music were deeply rooted in an authentic relationship with God. His journey serves as a beautiful example of how genuine worship can resonate with heaven and touch the hearts of countless souls.

Rich Mullins, a talented singer-songwriter, was well-known for his heart-stirring compositions that touched people’s souls. Despite his fame, he remained uninterested in the spotlight and the lure of material success. His genuine worship came from a place of brokenness and humility, as he sought to connect with God on a personal level.

Once, he was invited to perform at a large Christian event attended by thousands of people. As he stepped onto the stage, surrounded by dazzling lights and a captivated audience, he paused for a moment. Instead of launching into a polished performance, he humbly sat down, alone with his guitar, and began to share the raw and honest emotions of his heart through a simple song.

His authenticity was palpable, and the atmosphere in the venue shifted. People stopped merely listening to the music and started experiencing the presence of God. Many were moved to tears, sensing the profound connection Rich had with the One he worshiped. In that moment, fame and fortune faded into insignificance, as the focus shifted to a genuine encounter with the Divine.

Inspired by Rich Mullins’ example, let us strive for authentic worship in our own lives. Take time to reflect on the state of your heart and motives in your worship. Avoid performing for others or seeking recognition but instead seek to connect with God on a personal level. Embrace your brokenness and vulnerability, for it is in our weakness that God’s strength is made perfect. As you engage in acts of worship, whether through singing, prayer, or service, do so with an authentic and humble heart, desiring to glorify God above all else.

In conclusion, let us learn from the life of Rich Mullins and the example he set through his authentic worship. May our lives and music be an offering of genuine praise, transcending mere performance to touch the hearts of others and, more importantly, to please the heart of our Heavenly Father.