Worship

O Come, Let us Worship

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Psalms 95:6

O come, let us worship, for He is our God, and we are the pasture, and the sheep of his hand [Psalms 95:6-7]. Is He, our God? Are we the sheep of His pasture or someone’s else pasture? When I think of sheep in the pasture, I think of peace, rest, and serenity. Yet, for many it is anything but that. Our soul is not in a peaceful state to where we can worship. For some worship does not apply to them at all. Many times, I have heard the excuses of I can’t sing, therefore I cannot worship. This is far from the real truth, and it is not because you cannot carry a tune. If King David can be made a fool by dancing and singing before the Lord, then so can we. O come, let us worship and bow down to the Lord our God. Can we not bow down to our Lord? Maybe we should ask God as to why we are not able to bow down and worship our Lord.

The interesting thing is that many can go to a rock concert and have no problem worshipping the band who is playing the music. I have seen many people whisper the words of the song and singing even when they know they are not singing in tune. You can whisper the words of praise to our Lord God. The Hebrew word for worship is “shachah” which means to bow down before another. This word for worship takes on action in that we must be doing something before another and that is bowing down or prostrating ourselves in homage to the Lord God. Can we recognize and respect God for who He is? Can our hearts not become hardened before our Lord, but rather instead can we have a willingness to follow him into the green pastures. It is the green pastures where we bow our heads and eat the food and drink in the living waters of His life. The word willingness is the key to new heights in revelations and visions. We must remember that true worshippers can only worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Nothing else matters to the Lord then to have his children come and sit before him and truly worship him. As we worship him new revelations come forth and His healing begins to flow by his Spirit to those who need it within the congregation.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.”

John 4:23

The Father seeks those who are in the spirit and in truth to worship Him. Why? Because God is a Spirit. Now listen carefully what the apostle Paul said, “Now the Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Liberty means to be free from oppression. Free from bondage and from whatever yoke we may have had around our necks. If we cannot worship, we must have some kind of bondage that is keeping us from worshipping our Lord. Did not Christ make us free from any yoke of bondage? If we have liberty, we have peace. What the world needs now is love, sweet love as the song lyrics state, but we must also have peace. Jesus Christ is our peace, for he has overcome the evil one. We are no longer under Satan’s power. We now can have peace with God. That is why the apostle Paul exclaims in the following scripture to:

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Galatians 5:1

Stand fast my friend, in the freedom you have in Christ. Stand fast means to not yield yourself to any other position. Christ is our sure foundation, and He is our peace. Let us be assured to whom we are worshipping. Let us be honest within our own heart where we stand. We must hear the words of Jesus when He mentioned about God’s commandments versus man’s tradition. Why did Jesus say that with their mouth, and lips they honor me, but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, [see Matthew 15:8-9]. Teaching the commandments of men instead of God. Are we free in Christ from the things which the world would bind us? Are we free from severe self-discipline to any form of righteousness or from any form of indulgence? Do we not live under the grace of God? One must remember that God had the physical temple built upon the earth, but even the rituals of the temple could not change men’s conscience toward God. We can only receive a good conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ is the perfect sacrifice for all our sin. If we live and walk in the spirit of Christ, then we can also worship in spirit and in truth. Our worship is not in vain since our conscience has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The whole point of the issue of traditions, is that it becomes men’s way instead of God’s way. Worshipping God should not become a burden in practice. If it is a burden, then one must look at the heart as to why it is a burden. If worship is a burden, then we must ask God to search us and to reveal the cause. We must remember that it is Christ who reconciled all things unto himself [see Colossians 1:20]. Reconcile means to change thoroughly. I am changed in my actions and thoughts from doing evil to doing good. He is renewing us every day to have a right spirit. He will restore us with the joy of his salvation. Let us examine ourselves and repent from anything that may withhold us from worshipping the Lord. Let us ask the Lord to give us a heart of worship. A heart of worship that is directed by the Holy Spirit where the gifts of the Spirit are displayed to the glory of God.

When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”

1 Corinthians 14:26

When we come together the gifts of the Holy Spirit are working within the congregation to the edifying of every person within the body of Christ who hears and listens to the message. We can also worship and sing unto the lord a new song and declare His works within the congregation. In our own personal time, we can worship and sing to the Lord any time of the day. This is exciting and for many of us we have yet to get to this special place of worship. In reality, if you live and walk in the Spirit, every moment becomes a time of worship since we are considered the living temple of God. We just have to acknowledge it and believe that He will dwell and walk with us.

For you are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

2 Corinthains 6:16

When we get to this place of worshipping Him every day, our walk will be in the character of Christ where love and peace reigns. This is the place I myself desire to be. No matter what is happening around me, I desire to be in His love and peace every day. As we come close to the end of this year with only 6 weeks away until Christmas day, let us remember to whom we are worshipping. Many are wondering how they can buy gifts for their own family. Remember it is the little things that you do that counts. Tell your children that you love them and hug them close, for they are a heritage from the Lord. Tell your wife or husband that you love them. Remember that we all labor together in Christ and He is our example. Let us remember the babe born in Bethlehem and sing Christmas songs with the family. This is a small example of worship to our Lord, and it may help you to understand its meaning just a little bit better. The joy of an infant born in this world and who becomes our sacrifice is worth singing about.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2:13-14

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward all men. Christ was born in Bethlehem and has become our salvation. Christ is our peace for He has reconciled us back to God. Let not our heart grow weary in giving Him praise every day. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his Holy Name [Psalms 103:1]. No matter where you are today, you can worship him from your own lips and read Psalms as another way of worshipping our Lord God. It is your heart of worship as his child that He desires. Whatever rituals we may perform will perish with the using, but His love will endure forever along with His word. Let us be the sheep of His pasture. Let us worship Him in spirit and in truth. Let us have a willing heart of worship. O come, let us worship and bow down.

NOTE: This is the last devotional for the year 2022. Check back after the New Year for next year devotionals. In the meantime, you can read any devotional that you may have missed during this year. I pray that God’s blessing be upon each person who has read these devotionals. I pray that God may draw you close to him. We all live in a world that is full of uncertainty. However, no matter what the circumstances we may find ourselves in, God is with us. He will perform and show himself to each individual His works of healing and provision. Stand firm in whom you believe in and go with God. Count it a blessing to be with friends and family this Holiday season. Check out the “All About Worship” page to read more and to listen to over 3 hours of worship songs. Now is the time to worship, for He dwells within you.

The Living Water, Worship

Speaking to Yourself

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:19 KJV

Speak to yourself in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. How many Christians are speaking to themselves with psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs? Are you dry and thirsty in your daily walk as a Christian? Have you gone numb or maybe you are paralyzed from seeking God further? Maybe you just do not fill like worshipping our Great God. Something has happened that closed your soul from reaching out to God. How does one get back to the joy of worshipping God? When Covid-19 came on the scene churches across the U.S. had to disband the gathering of believers for worship at church. This had devastated many Christians who were used to gathering every week, and sometimes for more than one service. Having been a worship leader, I know that there are people who come just for the worship, especially the younger generation. Even musicians suffered because they had no outlet to express themselves.

What can we learn from this experience? First, we must go back to what the Apostle Paul taught. No matter what the situation, one requirement for a Christians today is to pray always for those within the body of Christ [see Ephesians 6:18]. But let us step back and consider what happened to the Apostle Paul and Silas in chapter 16 of Acts. Paul had cast out a demon from a maid and was accused of teaching unlawful customs. Both Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail. What did Paul and Silas do? At midnight they prayed and sang praises unto God [see Acts 16:25]. When they prayed and sang praises to God a miracle happened. An earthquake rocked the foundations of the prison and the doors opened and the bands around there feet were loosened. Read the rest of the story. This is an example of what we as Christians should be doing in our home. Personal prayer time and singing praises unto God.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18-20 to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. If your church records the worship service, ask for a copy of the service. I used to get copies of services that blessed me in some way, and I wanted to hear the message again. I have boxes of cassettes from pastor’s messages that have greatly blessed me. Some with the worship and special music recorded. Some churches are still doing this but may have upgraded to putting the messages along with music onto a CD. This keeps a person contemplating on the message and continuing to worship by listening and singing along with their headphones on. I have worn out tapes by playing them often, but a CD is less likely to become worn out. Some churches are using podcasts where you can view services online. You may ask your Pastor to consider having this available to his congregation.

I found it interesting how the wording had changed a little in Colossians 3:16 where Paul stated, “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” The word of Christ is to dwell in you richly in all wisdom, and this is done through helping each other to listen to psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The importance of having a personal time in prayer and or singing to the Lord is particularly important especially during hard times. Just think, a miracle could be just around the corner for you as God manifest himself by opening doors that you may have never thought of. Get yourself into a routine and sing and make melody in your heart to God. Do not harden your heart, come before his presence with thanksgiving and praise. If you are one of those people who say you cannot sing, then read your psalms and hymn book. Speak to the Lord a psalms, hymn, or spiritual song.

Tom Kraeuter, author of “The Worship Leader’s Handbook,” stated that worship “must become part of the everyday life of believers to be valid. A life full of worship and praise has tremendous impact on our daily struggles.” Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink, [see John 7:37].” Jesus also stated that “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,” [see verse 38 of John 7]. If you are dry and thirsty, ask God to allow the living water, which is the Holy Spirit, to begin to flow through you. Get away by yourself and take that quiet time and offer up your sacrifice of praise to God. Ask God to remove any blockage in your heart that would keep you from offering up your praise. O taste and see that the Lord is good. May the fruit of our lips continue to give thanks to His name.

There are so many new worship songs to choose from. Choose one that has a personal meaning for you and sing or speak it to the Lord. One of my favorites is by Andy Park titled, “Holy Love.” I have sung this song at a men’s homeless shelter in Seattle. These men that came into the mission were tired and weary from work, seeking medical assistance, and searching to find an apartment. The shelter is just a temporary place until other lodgings could be made to be more on a permanent basis. We all need to sit in the presence of the Lord and allow His Spirit of His love to flow through us. Watch this video with an attitude of worship to the Lord.