I remember walking into service that Wednesday night just when the amen to the opening prayer was said. I sat down in the very back of the church, but that didn’t stop the Holy Spirit from reaching me that day. The worship leader had his eyes closed, head tilted back as he pounded on that Kurzweil Sp2x from the beginning to the end of the worship experience. The music was loud and the atmosphere charged with something that words can not explain. Before long I was lost in worship of Almighty God and it was beautiful. All of a sudden, tears started flowing down my cheek. It escalated bit by bit until I could not control myself. For the next 30 -45 minutes, with hands lifted, I wept like a baby. By the time worship was over – Almighty God had broken me and soften my heart for something I still can’t get enough of – “genuine worship.”
Every opportunity we have to meet with and worship God is an opportunity for God to release into our lives all of His goodness. When He shows up he comes with healing, deliverance and power.
Worship brings heaven’s perspective on earthly hindrances.
Worship enables a person to rise above the temporal circumstances of life. It gives him visions of God on the throne, sovereign and supreme, majestic and holy, in control of everything. Like David said, in Psalm 73, “I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. Yet I have been stricken and rebuked. Not until I went into the sanctuary of God to worship; then I discerned their end.” In this chapter David is tripping over the success of the wicked, and agonizing over the plight of the righteous. But when he entered the sanctuary and began to worship, he was able to get heaven’s perspective.
Worship gives us a deeper sense of the holiness of God
Before Isaiah’s encounter with God in chapter 6, he uses the word “Woe” 7 times pronouncing judgment upon others. But in chapter six, the bible says when Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on His throne, “high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple and above him stood the seraphim – each with six wings calling to another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; he said, “Woe is me.” Worship produces in us the proper fear of the Lord.
Worship unleashes power to confuse and defeat the enemy
Psalm 149 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the people, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.” To illustrate this, we find a powerful story in 2 Chronicles 20 about the time the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Upon seeking the Lord, he was told to not be afraid but to put the praise and worship team on the frontline of battle. And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, they all helped to destroy one another. when we worship God he fights our battles and bring us the victory.
God longs to spend time with us everyday. He longs to lavish upon us his love and grace. He is ready to meet with you no matter where you are spiritually. All you need to do is draw near. If we want to experience all the benefits of worship we must seek to make time throughout our day to worship the Lord. What are some creative thing do you do through out your day to connect and stay connected with the Lord? Feel free to share.
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I am honored my friend – thanks for the shout out. All glory to our amazing King of kings.
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I pray and worship while I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m in my garden, while I’m doing dishes or cleaning, while I’m driving. I also love to have a time to worship and pray, to sit down and just talk to God, one on one. Loved this post…
thank you Carolyn, one of my favorite times to connect with the Lord as well.
…just when I remember that I do not control the circumstances over my wife and son wherever they are, realising that my God keeps them safe and healthy all the time before (and after) rejoining them later in the day… it is one of the “few” things that easily plunge my heart into the ocean of worship (of God’s faithfulness).
Awesome! The power of reckless of abandon. Just to trust God and relinquish control is enough. blessings on you my brother
A fine outline of worship. 🙂 I would say at the moment, for me, study and blogging would come close to being the activities which direct me towards a heart of worship.
Brother, as I was reading your posting today on your blog I was so blessed to see that the Holy Spirit had given you one of the same passages of Scripture as He had given me to minister from today: 2 Chron. chapter 20. After all these years, I still get just as excited about the Lord confirming His Word as the first time it ever happened. “Let everything be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses.” God bless you, my brother.
I love it when God confirms what he is doing and saying by two or three witnesses. That is Him saying – pay careful attention to this or this is important. To God be all the praise!
Great share, Walter! I’ve been more connected to prayer lately. I take special time in the morning and before bed for prayer. I had such a close relationship with God when I was a kid, and I lost that somewhere. I’ve been trying to get it back. I make it a point to send grateful prayer particularly when I garden. Actually, I’ve been trying to redefine prayer for myself as more of an ongoing conversation – something that was normal for me as a child.
Most people tend to think that worship only happens on Sunday morning instead of an ongoing conversation like you said. I am blessed to hear about how you are pursuing him. Thank you for sharing…
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