Before we can say anything about worship, we must come to grips with this idea of wonder. For worship can never be the sole work of this rational mind. It can't be drawn up on paper or measured out by charts. Worship and wonder, which are so closely connected, are all about coming to the end of our measurements. In the presence of Almighty God, as John discovered, the sense of wonder comes naturally and leaves us changed. How could we respond any other way? But without the capability of awe, where we stand at the edge of ourselves and gaze beyond, we will never come into His presence to start with.

This book [My Hearts Desire] is about living every moment in the wonder of worship. I want us to be able to sweep aside the complexity and despair of our time, if only for those brief moments when you attend to these chapters. Then I want us to take a deep breath and remember what it's like to be a child with wide eyes, taking in something greater and more wonderful than any sight you've ever seen before. What was it? Christmas morning at the age of five? An electric train that filled an entire room? Your first sight of the ocean? I want us to discover that in the presence of God, available wherever we are and whenever we choose, we can live in the essence of that awe. We can be like those reporters, our cynicism melted away by the light that comes from another world.

Do you ever wonder? How long has it been since you've been a child again, gaping with those wide eyes? How would it change your life if you could live like that every day? How would it change the people around you?

I hope you're already sensing it -- your heart's very desire. This is what has been lacking in so many lives. We've wandered through the emptiness when we could've been wondering at the fullness of the love of God. Your heart's desire, even if you haven't realized it, is to live every moment in the wonder of worship.

David Jeremiah is senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California and Chancellor of Christian Heritage College. My Heart's Desire is his fourth book.

Excerpted from My Heart's Desire: Living Every Moment in the Wonder of Worship by David Jeremiah (Integrity Publishing 2002). Used with permission.