A Place of Worship: "Tugging at the Heartstrings of God"
Praise and Worship
II Chronicles 7:1-4, tells of the Consecration of the Temple that was built by Solomon. It speaks of the manifestation of the presence of the Lord in the Temple. “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. Then the King and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.” When the body of Christ worships corporately, burnt offerings and sacrifices, are not brought to the temple. Instead, we are to present our bodies unto the LORD. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We were made to worship the LORD! We were created to give God glory! When we worship Him in spirit and in truth, be it in our secret closets, or when we worship corporately, we too are blessed, after having been in the presence of Almighty God! I am passionate when it comes to praise and worship! The Word of God says, “In His presence is fullness of joy! At thy right Hand, there are pleasures for evermore.” There is nothing that can equal the awe-inspiring, majestic, magnificent, and breathtaking experience, of being in the presence of Almighty God! As a Praise and Worship Leader, I had the awesome privilege of ushering the saints of the Most High God into His presence! The fact that I am a true worshiper, from the very core of my being, was one of the characteristics that qualified me for this job. A true worshiper, is familiar with the fragrance, or the aroma of the anointing! In fact, “We are the fragrance of Christ to this world, the fruit of the Spirit.” It is important, that a Praise and Worship Leader be familiar with being in the presence of God, as well as to be anointed and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit of the Lord, that smears us with the anointing, which destroys every yoke of bondage, and makes the difference in the worship service. That means spending quality time in the presence of God, that His anointing power rests upon us! It means fasting and seeking God’s face, and going into our secret closets and worshiping the Lord daily! We need a word from the Lord! When we stand before the saints of God, we must decrease, so that God can increase! A Praise and Worship Leader will not serve effectively, if they are not regular visitors to the Throne of Grace! It is also vitally important, for Praise and Worship Leaders to be familiar with the “language” of praise and worship. This familiarity is developed by studying the Psalms, and other Scriptures that give praise and worship to God. These Scriptures should be meditated upon, and memorized, so the ministry will be more efficacious. The Word of God says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The Music Ministry is also an integral part of the worship experience, because the musicians are a part of the worship team, and as such, must press into the presence of the Lord, as well. We must strive to be with one accord, in order to go before the congregation as a united front. When serving in this capacity, one must be sensitive to the presence, direction, and move of Almighty God! I give myself away, so He can use me! When we praise God, we are giving thanks unto Him, for what He has done in our lives! When we worship, it is because we are acknowledging God, because of who He is! We are not asking God for anything! We are simply speaking well of Him, adoring Him, and rendering unto Him heartfelt admiration, because He is God! I should also interject, that not only should Pastors, Church Leaders, and Praise and Worship Leaders spend quality time in the presence of the Lord, but the body of Christ in general should present their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God, our reasonable service. Then, when we come together corporately, we become a strong army of worshipers, giving God praise, glory, and honor! I Peter 2:9 tells us, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Praise our God!
II Corinthians 14:40, says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” However, Church Leaders often get a bit too caught up in maintaining order in the sanctuary, and rigidly following the program for a service, to the point of literally forgetting about God, and that He should be the center of the worship service! Well, sometimes the Lord has something to say about that! Sometimes, the Lord wants to take center stage, as is His right! After all, praise and worship are all about God, and not about us! He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He wants His train to fill the temple, and He wants to fill the house with smoke!!! When we come together corporately, we come together so that God can meet with His people. Sometimes God wants to do a new thing in the lives of His people! Pastors and Church Leaders should also be sensitive to the move of the Spirit of God in the service! At times, the preacher may not be able to render a sermon during a service, because God wants to move in a special way! The choir may not be able to sing, and the secretary may not be able to give the announcements. Have you ever been in attendance during a service, when the Lord just stepped in and took over the proceedings, thus negating protocol? I can attest to the fact, that it is a glorious experience! The Doxa of God, or the glory of God, permeates the atmosphere! You leave the sanctuary, knowing without a doubt, that God had orchestrated the service, and the congregation was blessed beyond measure! The Bible says, quench not the Spirit! When we do, we are refusing to follow His leading! That is why on many occasions, the LORD of the house, God Almighty, is not in attendance! We forget about God, which causes a service to be arid, boring, uninspiring, and without anointing, and we leave the sanctuary the same way we entered; broken, hurting, depressed, lost, and without hope! “These things ought not so to be!” Let God have His way in the service, and we will be changed by His mighty power! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!