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Four Thoughts on Worship – Part 3 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 29, 2009


Part 2

Worship is a heart condition.  It is a way of life. It is a passionate love affair with the God of all creation.

There is no limit to the possibilities of worship.

Like prayer, worship comes in many forms and degrees of intimacy.  Praying for your food and interceding for a friend through a 3 day fasting and prayer time, are not equal in power or scope though they both pass as “prayer”.  The same can be said about worship.

I can worship God singing to a tape in a car.  I can also fall flat on my face and cry out to God in praise and worship for 3 hours.  The two aren’t really in the same ballpark when it comes to the level of intimacy I am having with God.

I mentioned in my last article that I love to drive and worship.  It is my favorite time, but it is not my most intimate time.  There are quite a few distractions, which tend to take the intimacy level down a notch or two (especially when you get cut off by another car).

We all have a favorite a method of worshiping God though.  For many of us, it is Sunday morning.  For others, it is a devotional time after breakfast and before work, or a quiet time alone in your bedroom at night. But I dare say that very few of us have truly experienced breaking the surface on the possibilities of worship.

In my lifetime, I have had great times of worship.  Usually, I judge the depth of my worship by how “I” feel when it’s over.  While that may be a gauge to help me identify some level of my worship experience, it is not necessarily accurate since we are emotional beings, and easily excited. The intent of our worship should be to glorify God and not our own selves. The true gauge is not how I feel afterward but how God feels.

Biblical worship that seemed to have an extraordinary effect in the spiritual world tended to be raw, exposed, humble and selfless.  Looking at some of the times where God moved because of the worship, we find that many times, it was the unexpected that produced the greatest results:

Solomon went way above and beyond in the dedication of the Temple and the Spirit of God filled the place like smoke.

Abraham’s response to worship through the selfless sacrifice of His son was met by the miracle of the deliverance of his son from death.

Enoch’s level of worship was so close to the heart of God that God just took him.

Daniel survived a pack of lions because he refused to stop worshiping.

David danced naked in the streets before God when the Ark was coming into town (I don’t recommend this on a Sunday morning).  His wife mocked him and she became barren.

Paul and Silas in prison, with no fleshly motivation to worship, began doing so anyway.  God delivered them from the prison by using an earthquake and saving the jailer’s soul.

Jacob, wouldn’t let go of God until he was blessed by God – though it would cost him one good hip.

And who could forget that Jericho fell to the sounds of praise.

There are too many examples of visions, prophecy, miracles, signs and wonders due to worship to list here. Each had a spiritual effect because of the connection established by the recipient and God.

Worship is to be experienced. Worship is to be challenging to the worshiper.  Worship is to be poured out from the depths of the soul if the worshiper wants to really succeed in the ultimate prize, which is glorifying the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Don’t hold back, you cannot give God too much praise, worship, adoration and glory.  The only ones that will try to stop you will be people and the devil, and we know why the devil would want to do it.

I have never heard anywhere where God told someone, “Your worship is just too flashy, raw, out there, extravagant, or loud”.

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