PRAISE THE Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the heavens of His power!
Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness!
Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!
Praise Him with tambourine and [single or group] dance; praise Him with stringed and wind instruments or flutes!
Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
(Hallelujah!) Psalm 150 (AMP)
Many of us have our preconceived notions about worship. Many of us have been taught that this is how it needs to be. Three hymns and three choruses and keep it no longer than twenty to twenty-five minutes. Much of the way we worship comes from tradition and not from the Spirit. Oh, in the beginning it may have been, but it became more form than substance. Many churches have lost the excitement that God wants us to have in worship. It is not supposed to be something that is mundane or repetitive.
Matt Redman, in his book The Unquenchable Worshipper tells us how one of the Hebrew words for praise is hallal. It means to be clamorously foolish or mad before the Lord. It is the root of the word hallelujah. He says that; " In a reasons to be passionate competition, the church of God should come first; yet too often we find ourselves lagging way behind in this area. Isn’t it time we saw a bit more holy mayhem in our worship?"
During the recent world cup soccer event we saw just how passionate people can get about things. People got painted up and wave all kinds of banners on behalf of their national teams. The Italians are still driving around in this city with flags and banners on their vehicles. And yet put these same people in a church if they are Christians they have a real problem with having any kind of excitement in worship.
Matt goes on to say; "I’m pretty guilty of this myself, to be honest, I could blame it on my personality, but deep down I know that isn’t the whole story. Now and again comes a glimpse of a greater freedom in worship. One night when I was 15 years old’ we were having our normal Friday night youth meeting. But during the songs of worship God really got of my heart in a fresh way, and I felt I could explode with love for Him. I was desperate to somehow let this worship out. But singing didn’t feel like enough, and I’ve never really got on with dancing, so it really didn’t occur to me that dancing was a viable option either! Becoming frantic for a way to release my worship, I hurried out of church, forgetting to put on my shoes on, and ran around the parking lot for ten minutes. I must have looked like an idiot. But at that time I couldn’t have cared less. I wasn’t bothered who saw me or how weird it all looked. I was before God – and God alone. As Oswald Chambers says’ "The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook, because our lives are so taken up with Him"
We get so caught up with Him in love and wonder that we forget what others might think and we throw ourselves into God’s pleasure. I long for more of those times – seasons where my heart is so consumed with Jesus that abandoned worship floods out in extreme ways."
I have come to realize that in truth, I am not the worship leader and neither is the pastor. It is the Holy Spirit and Him alone that needs to have control. He needs to be the leader and conductor of everything we do in worship. I am just His instrument and He can do with me what He wills.
In our church’s abandonment to the Holy Spirit in our church, things have changed. To some it may shock. To others God will lead you to worship in a different way. Our worship has taken on color and beauty. We get excited about coming into it on Sunday mornings. We move the chairs out of the way, take out banners and sing, dance, jump, twirl and shout and there is an awesome sense of God’s glory that enters into our midst. The worship can last from up to an hour. We want to come to that place of total abandonment in all things relating to our King. If He wants to lead us to worship until there is no longer any strength in our bodies, then so be it. He is worth it.
Get excited in worshipping Jesus. He is the greatest person who has ever walked the face of the earth and He done things that no other could. He conquered death and the grave and He purchased us with His blood. What could be more exciting than that. If we can cheer sports teams and athletes for their accomplishments and act like fools when they win, how much more for Christ. Let’s worship with that wild abandonment we find in hallal.
HALLELUJAH!!!! THE LORD HE REIGNS!!!!
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