Would I say this in front of you? 

Worship is not a single act, it is a continuous act.  It is how I live my life, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.  Just reminded of how great an opportunity that is to give God the glory in everything I do and say.

  • Psalms 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of holiness.
  • Psalms 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  • Psalms 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

 WORSHIP

Expressing my deep love for you, devotion to you God, my life a sacrifice, Whatever I do let it be for you, whatever I say, may it be pleasing to you, would I say it in front of you?  If I want to be worshipful in all of my actions I have to think would this be my reaction if Jesus was here standing by my side, would I open my mouth so wide and say these words if the risen Lord was in the room, would I do this if Jesus was here, would I watch this programme, read this book, would I post that comment, indulge in gossip, would I call her that name, to my shame there are times when my actions are not what I would want God to see, sometimes there’s less of God and more of me in the way I live, truthfully there are times I should forgive that little bit quicker, bite my tongue and not be so critical, times I should listen and give more of me and for that Lord I say please forgive me, let my life be a light, a beacon of hope, let my worship be searching, let it be demanding, challenging me to think of your sacrifice for me and comprehending that I can be worshipful in different ways, in all my ways acknowledging you, in all my ways being true to you, my life an act of worship at your footstool.

Tap into the power of the miraculous

Worship, intentional activity to glorify one name, the name of Jesus.  We are designed to worship, made for that purpose, on purpose.  Words that rang true as I listened to Darlene Zschech on stage a couple of nights ago.

Romans 12:1 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship

Sometimes we make worship all about the music, but it’s not about that.  We can worship through our lives, our behaviours, our acts of kindness, our songs, our prayers, our silence and through worship we can walk in the power of the miraculous every single day.

INTENTIONALITY

Intentionality, in reality that means that I choose to worship God, I choose to stop, to take time out, to join in the one true sound of worship, my body a habitation for God, my body made for the purpose of worship, to serve and to give God the glory, worship is not about my words, it’s how I use my life, my talents, my gifts, how I intentionally lift them up to God, my worship an act of adoration, activating heaven, my worship demands that the noise of this world shuts up,  I am so desperate for God’s presence I reach out to touch the hem of his garment, I sing, but not a lament, a song of praise, I choose praise, I choose to raise my hands in the air, I know that he hears my cry and even when I am at my lowest the answer is worship, when I am in despair the answer is worship, when the tears fall, the answer is worship, give God the glory as he works in your story, give God the praise and he will raise you above your circumstances, dance and sing in his presence and heaven will invade your earth, join in the melody, work together in harmony, tap into the power of the miraculous, let his name be ever on your lips, Jesus my Jesus

Let his temple be raised high, exalted above the hills

My readings this week are from Micah, quite a tough book to get your head around, and challenging in many ways.  I was drawn to the verses in Micah 4 which are also in Isaiah about the last days.  We are living in a time which I feel is like the last days, with war, terror and anarchy throughout the globe.  It is a comfort that one day God’s temple will be high and mighty, established as a place for all nations to worship, oh what a day that will be.

Isaiah 2:2-4 –  In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

Micah 4:1-2 – In the future, the mountain with the LORD’s temple will be the highest of all. It will reach above the hills, and every nation will rush to it. People of many nations will come and say, “Let’s go up to the mountain of the LORD God of Jacob and worship in his temple.”  The LORD will teach us his Law from Jerusalem, and we will obey him.

 DESPERATE FOR JESUS

Stop procrastinating, stop  thinking about it, talking a good talk but not walking the walk, turn to God and ask him sincerely what do you really want me to do, how can I serve you, what can I do, let him remind you that we are an invincible people, filled with God’s Spirit, we are not like other nations, following their idols, we are children of a God who has no rival, he has no equal, so let’s start living this story and stop waiting for the sequel, and OK if we fall down along the way we will rise again, if God is for us then who can stop us, let’s shout it from the mountain tops, let his temple be raised high, exalted above the hills, be filled with his joy, his love and his pleasure, go out into the world, the treasure trove before us, and let’s spread the word to a world desperately needing Jesus.

Give it some child of God swagger

When we remember and celebrate the power of God, difficult circumstances are reduced in scale.  When we forget his power, we allow Satan to overwhelm us and our issues becoming bigger than our God.  We must continually praise and worship God whatever our circumstances.

Psalm 27: 13-14 – remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord

SWAGGER

Refuse to let the world corrupt you, don’t let Satan interrupt you with idle thoughts, and crushing fears, remember God is near, Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is present, enter his presence with praise and he will enter your life with power, I would have lost heart if I had not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, stay patient, wait on the Lord and trust your journey, be of good courage, his mercies are new every morning, he has made everything beautiful in its time, he looks for the treasure in the darkness, so in your darkness, stop, listen, the still small voice of God will speak to you, and as you wait, praise, give thanks, even in the hardest of circumstances, pray without ceasing, keep on believing, celebrate his power, allow him to be your tower of strength, your fortress, he takes the worries and the issues of those who submit to him,  suddenly the mountains shrink before our eyes , with God on your side you cannot fail, whatever your troubles he’s nailed them, no longer condemned shake off your baggage and give it some “I’m a child of God” swagger.

I will praise you from here to eternity

I was reading Psalm 63 today.  Because God’s kindness is better than life, my lips will praise him.  What a great lesson for us all.  Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in life and forget to praise God, yet thinking of all the things he has done for me there is no way I should ever forget the importance of praise.

I wrote my version of the Psalm below:

MY LIPS WILL PRAISE

Yes, you are my God and that brings praise to my lips, I worship you with songs and poems, with prayers of devotion, there is an ache in my heart, a place reserved for you to fill and I long for you, without you it’s like I am in a scorching desert devoid of water, scanning the horizon for an oasis until I see a stream of living water reflecting your power and your glory seen only in that place of sanctuary, your love means more than life to me and I praise you relentlessly, I will praise you from here to eternity, singing joyfully as one excitedly awaiting their invitation to the banqueting table, I am unable to sleep without thinking of you, in the silence of the night I speak to you, reflecting on your sheltering arms, knowing that I’m safe from harm as I sing happy songs of adoration, I lay my foundations close to you, knowing that it’s you who supports me, you are my tower of strength, shielding me from those who would seek to drown out my praise, to stop me from making a noise for you Lord, you lift up your sword and protect me from evil, because of your love I celebrate, one of your faithful followers, one of the Lord’s own warriors, protected from lies and deceit, reprieved because of my beliefs.

 

 

 

I can’t explain it you have to experience it

Went to a different church today to hear some students from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry speak.  The main talk was about revival and how that starts from the Holy Spirit within us.  It doesn’t have to be all singing and all dancing revival as we read about, it can just be one word, one touch of someone else’s heart.  We are called to love and revival will start I am sure when we can truly start to show God’s love to all that we meet.

Before I went I had been writing about God’s love and how I can’t explain it, you have to experience it for yourself.  And now I’m thinking WOW, that just starts with me.  If I can show someone else a touch of God’s heart then I could be starting a revival… now that’s powerful.

I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT

God is Love, I can’t explain it you have to experience it, talk to him, he wants to tell you how much he loves you, it’s not dependent on your love for him, you don’t actually have to believe in him for him to love you, he is stronger than all your fears, he is not put off by your tears or sadness, when you’re angry he doesn’t hide away, when you’re having a bad day he stays with you, his love is so extravagant, inexplicable, he loved you before you were you, his love is all consuming, waves of passion from his very heart are pouring over you, this isn’t a frail, human love, no interdependency, no need to say I love you too, he never fails you, never lets you down, never shouts or swears or knocks you around, his love is strong enough to break the chains that hold you down, it’s a selfless love, sacrificial, unconditional, a perfect love that casts out all fear, surrender to the voice that tells you it’s all going to be OK, listen to the voice that tells you he loves you in every way and maybe one day you too will be able to say, hey God I love you too

Picture his smile, his joy, his delight

Thinking about worship and different forms of worship today and this verse in Isaiah struck me as quite poignant.

Isaiah 43:20-21 – I cause streams to flow in the dry and empty land for my chosen ones. I do it for the people I made for myself. I want them to sing praise to me.

I don’t believe God only provides streams of living water so that we will praise him, but I do believe in providing those streams he does have an expectation of thanks and praise.  It’s like the Lepers in the New Testament who were healed but only one returned to thank and praise Jesus.  We expect so much of God, we ask so much, yet do we thank him and praise him enough.  Matt Redman puts it so beautifully “every blessing you pour out, I’ll turn back to praise”.

Today I want to make a day of praise and worship, may all that I do be done to glorify God, whether that’s me driving the car, cleaning my house, praying, cooking, or spending time in God’s presence I will use my life to worship him.

LISTENING FOR OUR PRAISE

Listening for our praise, delighting in our worship, sit and be still, know him, know that he is God, rest in his presence a while, picture his smile, his joy, his delight as he hears the words from your mouth, as he sees the meditation of your heart, as you set apart time to worship and praise him, the streams of abundance flow right from him, blessings poured out on to his favoured children, a double portion for those who seek to obey him, praise him all creatures great and small, stand tall and worship even in pain and sorrow don’t put it off til tomorrow, praise and thanks will ever be on my lips, worship, my lifestyle, my default, my choice, I choose to lift my voice, to use the gifts bestowed upon me to worship you completely God, may all that I do be pleasing to you may all that I do be done for you.