Posted by: Rina | November 5, 2009

Praise and Worship

And they did not rest day or night, saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)

Worship is a constant activity in heaven.  When worship takes place on the earth it is automatically connected with the activity of heaven.  When we stand down from the throne of our lives and bow down before the throne of God, we are doing exactly what heavenly beings are doing in worship. (Rev 4:3)  We join them in acknowledging and declaring the Greatness, Mercy, and Holiness of God.  As we cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Isaiah 6:1) it connects us with the activity of the angels of God. This agreement in action brings about nearness.  The atmosphere becomes permeated with the presence of God and the things of heaven.

In worship, the character of God is revealed to us.  To worship something is to draw something from the object of worship.  An exchange take place between us and heaven.  Heaven gets into us and we get into heaven.  The divinely created place inside the souls of men finds fulfillment in worship. Worship is transforming.  It is a personal encounter with the living God and it supersedes all theological doctrines.  It is intimate and personal.  Bill Johnson writes, “In that place of beholding the Lord in worship, we are transformed.  Since we always become like whatever we worship, there is nothing greater that God could want for His people than for them to worship Him, for there is nothing greater than Himself.  God doesn’t long for our worship because He is an egotist in need of our affirmation.  Instead He longs for our transformation that takes place in the glory of His presence, the glory that descends in times of worship.” (1)

Another amazing fact about worship is God’s perspective on it.  Jesus tells us that , “The Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23) This “seeking” conotates a desire or a fervent searching.  God is frantically searching for our worship and it is desirous to Him.  He delights in our worship.  We are God’s substance of choice.  There are thousands of angels, elders, and heavenly beings that worship God daily; yet, He is searching frantically for the human to worship Him.  He needs not our worship to complete Him.  His desire is based upon His Holiness , is an expression of His Great Love for us.  Once the connection between the Divine and the human takes place, action is released in heaven.  The Bibles tells us that God goes forth “like a warrior” destroying our enemies once the connection in worship is established. (Isaiah 42:12-13)  He desires to show Himself strong in the lives and circumstances of His worshipers.  Worship not only transforms our identity, it activates the supernatural into our circumstances.  “for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of the see whose heart is loyal to Him.”  (I Chronicles 16:9)
Praise

“You shall call your walls salvation, and your gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18)

God is revealing a Kingdom principle in this verse of scripture.  In ancient cities, walls surrounded the cities in order to protect them from enemies.  (Please note that our salvation in Christ protects us from the enemy of our souls)  The only way to enter the city was through an opening in the wall and this openings was called “the gate.”  When we begin to praise God we move into His dwelling place and He moves into ours.  The Bible tells us that God is “Enthroned on the praises” of His people.” (Psalm 22:3)  Chuck Pierce writes, “Praise causes the presence of the Lord to come into our midst.  Even though God is omniscient, He manifest His authrotiy and rule in our environment when we praise Him.  When we praise, God comes in and leads us forth.  The word “inhabit” or “enthrone” means to settle in or marry.  When we praise and worship, we restore our communion with a holy God. We become one!  He does not just visits us, but He abides and aligns Himself with us to walk with us into the path that He has chosen for us.  He partners with us like a spouse.  When we praise, our faith and trust increases.  The word “inhabit” or “enthrone” (Yahshah) also means to judge in ambush.  Therefore, He seats Himself in the very middle of our lives and judges the enemies that surround us.  Just think of God seated in the very center of your life.  No enemy is able to dethrone you because He cannot be overcome.” (2)

Regardless of our circumstances, God changes not.  When we find ourselves in less than desirable situations, a key to victory for us is to begin to praise God.  As we praise God despite our circumstances, we become rooted in trust of His Character.  Meaning, that despite our circumstances, He has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11)  and “we know that all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28) in our lives.

Praise and worship cause transformation and growth in our identity.   Worship transform us us into His Image and praise establishes faith and trust in His character despite our present circumstances.

Endnotes

1.  Johnson, Bill, Face to Face with God, Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL, 2007, page 53.

2.  Pierce, Chuck; Dickson, John; The Worship Warrior, Regal Books, Ventura CA; 2002, page 152-153.

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