140. Meredith Mauldin // Authentic Worship
Meredith Mauldin grew up in Dallas, TX in a christian home and had been around music and the arts most of her life. She started singing professionally at the age of 17 but after an encounter in the Middle East gave her life to worshiping Jesus.
She and her husband Michael, helped pioneer the worship and songwriting at the UPPERROOM in Dallas for 7 years and continue to pour into songwriters and worshippers around the country through SongLab label and songwriting/worship workshops. Meredith Mauldin’s passion is to write songs that turn the bride’s eyes to the beauty and wonder of Jesus. She is married to the amazing Michael Mauldin and they have 3 kids. Tune in to this episode as Meredith shares about what worship is, why we worship and more!
Psalm 34:3 “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Isaiah 54:1 ““Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD.”
- Meredith has lived in many different places, but she currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Meredith helped to start Upper Room.
- Meredith and her husband have 3 children.
- Meredith met Jesus when she was 3 years old.
- She received the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem at the age of 24.
- Meredith and her husband worked with Upper Room for 7 years.
Meredith’s Journey to Motherhood
- Meredith got pregnant very quickly after trying to conceive, but soon after she miscarried.
- A year later, Meredith got pregnant again and her child was born the day after her 5-year wedding anniversary.
- She now has 3 children (12, 10 and 6).
What is Worship?
- Worshippers are adorers. We can all be adorers.
- Something about music surpasses our minds and goes straight to our spirit.
- When we start to praise Him and thank Him for who He is, we get changed.
- You become what you behold.
- Music, thanksgiving and praise are more powerful than we even recognize.
- We get to behold through the eyes of our heart through the songs we are singing.
- Worship is powerful.
- When we start to worship, God gets bigger, and our problems get put in their proper perspective.
- Worship changes our perception.
- Heaven is attracted to the worship of Jesus.
- Worship is a choice.
What Does Praise Look Like?
- Raising your hands, dancing, jumping are forms of praise.
- We should be willing to be unashamed to give it all to our Father.
- If we can scream and cheer at a football game, shouldn’t we do that even more for our Father?
- It is in our joy that we gain strength.
- He is a joyful God and He loves when we celebrate.
- There is something so beautiful in the celebration of who God is.
- Worship is not a performance.
- Worship is a heart posture.
- Is it truly an expression of your love to the Father.
- We should be wanting to please the heart of the Father, not pleasing other people.
- Worship should minister unto the Lord.
How Can I Have Authentic Worship?
- Ask the Lord to show you what it looks like to worship Him.
- Find music that opens your heart in your own home (use youtube!)
- Write out things that you are thankful for and say/sing them to the Lord.
- When your heart opens, the gates of heaven open too.
- There is power in worshipping in your home.
- Let worship music be playing consistently in your home.
“The Lord is your Father. He is a Father to the fatherless.” – Meredith
“The Lord is so intentional and so specific. The journey itself, if you let it, will bring you closer to the Lord.” – Meredith
“I don’t understand, but I am willing.” – Meredith
“When we start to praise Him and thank Him for who He is, we get changed.” – Meredith
“Heaven is attracted to the worship of Jesus.” – Meredith
“There is something so beautifully attractive about people going after their Father with unashamed praise.” – Meredith
“He is not looking for our performance, He is looking for our heart.” – Meredith
“The Lord meets the hungry.” – Meredith
“It’s never hypocritical to agree with the truth.” – Meredith
“You can never be wrong if you are quoting God.” – Caroline
“New songs break old cycles.” – Meredith
“The Lord has always used a small consensus that unifies around Him to change the world.” – Meredith
Upper Room Worship album