Have a Seat 4 Worship

26 04 2013

have a seatAs a Jesus Follower I live my entire life as a Worship. Beyond that, I would not be who I am today if not for incredibly meaningful private times of singing before God.

There is much benefit for us to learn more about our singing (in private, in small groups, and on a Sunday) as a Worship to God.

Music is an invisible phenomenon created by visible tangible objects. Physicists classify it as a form of light. The highest goal and purpose of music is to be a vehicle for God to express His greatness, glory, and His love to mankind. It is given to man to express his appreciation and worship to God. – Mike Herron

If Sunday morning worship is going to be meaningful for me, I must be privately in awe – jaw dropping wonder of God.

Worship takes 2 Forms:

  • The majesty of God – we declare/describe His greatness!
  • The redemption of man – we sing about our being forgiven, healed, & strengthened!

Here’s some Bible to consider:

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

“I will praise the Lord at all times.

I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the Lord;

let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

let us exalt his name together.” Ps 34:1-3

“Then I will sing praises to your name forever as I fulfill my vows each day.” Ps 61:8

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord;  may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” Ps 103:1-3

“Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph 5:18-20

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Col 3:16-17

Psalmic Worship – refers to the heartfelt, enthusiastic, expressive worship found throughout the Bible and described in detail in the book of Psalms.

David and the other psalmists uncovered a wonderful, foundational truth: emotional and physical responses that are a natural part of our human makeup find their highest fulfillment in the worship of almighty God. They described warm, satisfying, loving, emotional worship involving the total person. – Mike Herron

In the book of Psalms we see that “Psalmic” worship uses the voice (speaking 34:1, singing 47:6, shouting 27:6), the hands (lifting 63:4, playing instruments 33:2,3 string/wind/percussion, clapping 47:1), and body posture (bowing 95:6, standing 134:1, dancing 149:3). These nine forms are found in the Psalms. – Mike Herron & Ernest Gentile

Sing until your heart is changed. Sing until you feel different. Sing often and in many different ways. God loves to hear from you. Believe it or not Jesus sings through you by God the Holy Spirit.

Here’s a glance at the process:      (from Ernest Gentile)

  • The mind receives.
  • The heart believes.
  • The will is summoned.
  • The emotions are ignited.
  • The body expresses.
  • The life shows forth Christ.

Weekend Worship – convened to serve and please God with our praises and to serve and meet people’s needs with God’s sufficiency. When we gather, it is not for a concert or a performance. It is a piece of time intentionally set aside to tune in to what God is saying and to respond to Him with our whole hearts.

Worship is for God but it is also for you. Passionate worship allows God’s presence to overflow you with His love and healing, lifting you up and filling you afresh. Worship is for our recovery, restoration, reviving, redemption, and refreshing.

The presence of God is a personal, real, and life-changing presence of a living God who abides in us and dwells among us. The church must have a passion for His presence and experience it in the corporate gathering as well as carry His presence into their homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.

A wholehearted worshipping church is a church that is filled with God’s manifested presence where people’s lives are changed. – Pastor Frank Damazio

When we find ourselves hurt, angry, lonely, and/or tired we must not think that we are alone! We must believe that God is with us. He is for us. We must come to realize that Worship is a way that we can see our life CHANGED. 

Study of People Who Tried to Quit Smoking: 0% People who tried Alone Quit…and 5% of People who used a Tool (patch etc) Quit, but 45% People who used a Tool and had a Community Successfully Stopped Smoking.

God has provided us Tools (our voice/body/understanding) and a Community (friends who are believers, the church) to help us make a change!

When we find ourselves hurt, angry, lonely, and/or tired we must WORSHIP our God. As we do, we will see Him in His rightful place as our BIG GOD and everything else will be smaller. 

Let us come back again to worship in it’s 2 forms:

Worship takes 2 Forms:

  • The majesty of God – we declare/describe His greatness!
  • The redemption of man – we sing about our being forgiven, healed, & strengthened!

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