“Then Job arose, tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Worship has been at the core of my walk with Christ in this fallen world. One thing that God has taught me is to worship him in the hard times, when it is hard to even pray. I remember laying in my bed at the Mayo Clinic on the day they told me that I may have to undergo surgery for a biopsy. I had prayed for days that I would not have to be cut open. After the doctor left my room my spirit sank, but His Spirit took over and I found myself with arms raised praising my Lord.
That moment of quiet worship filled me with a peace that I cannot describe.
God has taught me that by worshiping him, by surrendering my pride, my arrogance, by proclaiming my weakness He lives through me. There is nothing sweeter than the brokenness I experience in worship. Through worship I experience healing and power. That is what worship does.
I remember visiting Haiti a number of years ago and witnessing some of the most profound worship I have ever seen.
People in the churches there face the daunting reality of living in a nation dedicated to Satan and his presence is everywhere, especially in the eyes of lost. In the churches, there is a different spirit, a hope and a freedom that is demonstrated through the worship.
Here we sing a few songs for a few minutes. There it is not uncommon for the worship…the worship…to go on for an hour or more.
They are doing battle…just as the singers in Old testament times went before the armies of Israel into war against fleshly enemies of God’s people…they go before the preaching of the Word of God into battle against principalities and dark powers in high places, spiritual enemies of the Lord and his church.
There is power in praising the Lord, there is no higher calling than worshiping at His feet. Lose a job… worship Jehovah-Jireh, my provider, dealing with catastrophic illness… worship Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord who heals, facing stiff satanic opposition… worship Jehovah Nissi, the Lord my banner. Because He is worthy we worship! In Hebrew there is no word for faith, only faithfulness. Faith in God is only thought of in connection to His faithfulness.
I have found that Jesus is sufficient in all things, in all circumstances, at all times.
God held nothing back from us, not even his own son, Jesus held nothing back from us, not even his shed blood, God the Holy Spirit urges us to experience the fullness of Him. Lets hold nothing back from God.
It is right to let ourselves go, to truly worship. As David did in 2Samuel 6:14 at the Ark being brought into Jerusalem… “and David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod, So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.” Like David, we should have the same unashamed spirit. He is worthy!
I wrote these words around nine years ago. It is funny how God brings this things to mind right when you need them.
I am on the mend brothers and sisters! It will take time, but the Lord is faithful. In the meantime the fire is building, and is not diminished.
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
II Corinthians 12:8-10 NKJV
Be strong my brothers and sisters!!!!