UK Christian Chart-topping and Grammy considered artist, Yemi Alafifuni is set to release another thought-provoking new single titled ‘HERE’ on February 4, 2022. Inspired by a conversational prayer, Yemi asks what worship really means? The beauty of the response is captured in this song, vocally & lyrically. This is a fresh sound that will invigorate any Christian and non-Christian alike.
The song started as a conversation between Yemi and God. Yemi explains that he was taking an exercise walk around his home and was talking casually to God about many matters. “I was also asking questions of the heart”, Yemi recalls.
Towards the end of the walk, he heard the Lord saying that many are worshipping Him because of His strength alone. They worship because they need Him to fight their battles. Then Yemi heard vividly; ‘Worship is not a weapon!’
Yemi claimed he struggled slightly at first but had great clarity at the same time. This song documents his response.
The concept of ‘Worship as warfare’ has become the main theme around us. We sing about winning battles with our worship. Whilst it is true that God will ‘move mountains’ for those that He loves, God doesn’t appreciate being worshipped for the works of His hands alone same as we wouldn’t appreciate being used this way.
Miracles do happen when He moves but worship shouldn’t be used as a bait, as if to say we can cajole Him. It shouldn’t be that if we want Him to move, we worship. Rather, we worship regardless of whether He moves or not. The Father seeks those that will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, not those who worship for a token. John 4:23-24
Worship for who God is, not for what He can do for you. He is Almighty after all.
Our worship, therefore, is the act of attributing reverent honour and homage to God alone. In Yemi’s own words, worship is acknowledging who God truly is with no strings attached.
Now, won’t He do it? We know He would! We know He did!
Yemi believes that true worship focuses on God alone (Psalms 99:5) in total surrender and is NOT intended as a weapon. We know that God can however choose to destroy the worshipper’s adversaries during worship – for we know that light & darkness cannot co-exist. We’d just let Him do Him.