“Worship is what we give our hearts to in exchange for the promise of life.”
-John Eldredge

All day long, we worship people, places, things, and ideas.

Yet when we strip off all the religious veils and cut to the heart – our own heart, and the heart of God – we can have a treasure. The treasure. We can turn away from our less-wild lovers and give our hearts over to God.  And He will give us life.

Worship is an essential way of living that allows our hearts to come home to God again and again and again.

Once in a while I experience a song that has a deep anointing.  I experience God and the fullness of His heart as Father, as Jesus, and as the Holy Spirit coming to me and coming for me. And I experience the capacity to give my heart back to Him with greater and greater abandonment. I experience union with Him and a coursing exchange of love and affection.

Most of us live as dry sponges. We chase down solutions to so many problems without pausing to simply become saturated in the love and life of God.  I want to be a sponge that is full. Saturated. No spiritual discipline has provided me more of His heart than personal worship.

To Dive Deeper into the spiritual practice of living from overflow out of regular engagment in worship, check out these podcasts:

#007 Responding to the Divine Affection – Adam Paulson

#025 Back to Life with Esther Sparks

#034 Jonathan David Helser – Part 1 of 3

#035 Jonathan David Helser – Part 2 of 3

#036 Jonathan David Helser – Part 3 of 3

Below are some of my go-to playlists .  They are a great place to start.

BGS Worship 2015 – Never Run Dry

Never Run Dry – House Fires

God of Abundance – House Fires


BGS Worship 2015 – Playlist C

Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

There is a Healing – Fike & Dana

I Need Love – Enter the Worship Circle

You Are Mine – Enter the Worship Circle

Big Enough to Hold Me – Waterdeep

Wonder – Amanda Cook

Twenty Three – Enter the Worship Circle


BGS Worship 2015 – Playlist B

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

One Thirst – Jeremy Riddle

Mighty Breath of God – Jesus Culture

It Is Well – Kirstene Dimarco

Fire Fall Down – Hillsong United

The Maker – Chris August

Take Heart – Hillsong United


BGS Worship 2015 – Playlist A

Endless Ocean – Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

Great I Am – Jared Anderson

You Make Me Brave – Amanda Cook

I Am – David Crowder

Healer – Kari Jobe

You’ll Find Your Way – Andrew Peterson


BGS Worship Playlist – Breathe. Rest

Worn – Tenth Avenue North

End of Play – Jacob & Lilly

By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

Here – Kari Jobe

Cry All over You – Esther Sparks


BGS Worship Playlist – 2014 Fall

Fill Me Up – Will Reagan

My Lighthouse – Rend Collective

Alabaster – Rend Collective

Oceans – Hillsong United

Wide Open – Anthony Skinner

How He Loves – Jared Anderson

Inheritance – Jonathan Helser and Grahame Cook


BGS Worship Playlist – 2014 Spring

Endless Ocean – Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

Abba – Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

Be My Everything – Tim Hughes

The Father – Samuel Lane

More Than Conquerors – Rend Collective

Simplicity – Rend Collective

Drink from the River – Tim and Laurie Thornton


BGS Worship Playlist – 2013

We Have Come – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

Bless the Lord – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

No Better Time – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

Nothing I Hold Onto – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

Climb – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

If I Give it All – Will Reagan and United Pursuits

Set a Fire – Will Reagan and United Pursuits


BGS Worship Playlist – 2012 Fall

You’re Never Giving Up – Jonathan and Melissa Helser

Mud Song – Tim and Laurie Thornton

Love Song – Third Day

Love Song – Jonathan and Melissa Helser

The More I Seek You – Kari Jobe

Better is One Day – Charlie Hall


BGS Worship Playlist – 2012 Spring

Greater – New Life Worship

It is Well – Bethel Music

Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

I See Heaven – Bryan and Katie Torwalt

My Glorious – Chris Tomlin


BGS Worship Playlist – 2011

I Will Not Forget You – Enter the Worship Circle

Centuries – Enter the Worship Circle

You Are So Good To Me – Enter the Worship Circle

Put in Me – Enter the Worship Circle

Here in Your Presence – New Life Worship

Revelation Song – Kari Jobe


Worship Playlist – Reflection

Forgiveness – Pete Ohlin

A Soul’s Rest – Pete Ohlin

Thanksgiving – George Winston

Joy – George Winston

Inheritance – Jonathan David Helser featuring Grahame Cooke




More to come…