Worship: groanings which cannot be uttered
Over the last few weeks, I feel that Father God has been putting a message in my heart about our hearts being connected to the feelings of His heart. One of the things that stood out was when I was listening to a worship CD and the leader was talking about the feelings of the Fathers heart. When listening to worship, I am always stirred by the relevance of the worship that occurs when written lyrics are said and done and worship continues with a hum of a chorus or some other groaning to a melody. When that happens, I point it out to my husband, Robert, “There’s the groaning” as a sort of spiritual term for there is something happening in the Spirit; that there is emotional and spiritual work being done with words that can not be uttered.
In my heart it references the scripture, Romans 8:26, which says, “And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Darby Translation)
The connection of the sounds of the Father’s heart is inseparably connected with deep feelings that they are described as groans that can’t be spoken. Just was we are created in His image, the feelings work in us start without words; pure raw emotions that have not language connected to them when those feelings are birthed within us. Because we do have human language, we try our best to try to convey our emotions with words, songs. There are other ways for us to convey our feelings and emotions that don’t have words like through art, painting, playing an instrument or singing “La”, “Ahh”, or “Ohh” to a melody and such. On the flip side, there are many times we find ourselves emotionless, a few similar words are; unfeeling, cold, remote, distant, detached, indifferent, dispassionate, inexpressive.
The problem we find in religious culture and with the connecting of our hearts to the Father’s heart tends to be our intellectualizing faith. During the period of the church called the “enlightenment”, which was a shift towards logical thinking. Most pervasively our modern Christian circles this kind of thinking is seen through legalism, fundamentalist thinking or works driven faith. In the times Jesus walked the earth, He had His fair share of discourse with people like this as He taught people to walk in the new way, the Jesus way.
Romans 8:27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (NASB)
As Christians on a spiritual journey, searching the feelings of our heart is central to us understanding the heart of Father God and leading of the Spirit. This can be a difficult journey, because the heart does not speak, the intellectual minds speaks. In our brains, the neocortex is responsible for all of our rational thinking, it is the place where human language happens and analytical thought; I’m not saying that we should do without it, just that is it’s function. Likewise, the Limbic part of the brain is responsible for all of our feelings like trust and loyalty and is responsible for all human behavior and all decision making and has no capacity for language. So, you can see we are created and designed to live our life spiritual by the part of the brain responsible for feeling and it was powerfully created to guide our life by our creator. We are called to live a life from the inside out and not the outside in. Our feelings and emotions are connected to the heart of the Father as an emotional guide and we can strive to articulate the best we can with the language part of our brain. We can not, however, expect to take vast amounts of legal, logical and literal religious information and expect spiritual, emotional results that connect us to the Fathers heart. That is why the fruits of the spirit are all connected to feelings and emotions; Love (Greek: agape), Joy (Greek: chara), Peace (Latin: pax, Greek: eirene), Patience (Latin: longanimitas), Kindness (Latin: benignitas), Goodness (Latin: bonitas), Faithfulness (Latin: fides), Gentleness (Latin: mansuetudo), Self-control (Latin: “continentia”).
I’ll conclude by giving you a challenge to set aside some worship time and listen to worship that causes you to experience emotion, desire or feelings, maybe even a tear. Keep a brief journal of some kind. You don’t have to write don’t lots of information, maybe single words or brief phrases that stand out to you. After listening to a few songs you should have a list of single words a phrase. And between that session and living life, look for those feelings, those words and those phrases and see what the Father is speaking around you. Then it will dawn on you like a newly risen sun, just what is on the heart of the Father and where He is leading us.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.