Recently I came across an article published in Charisma online. I normally try to stay away from controversy and argument because it is not edifying however, this is an issue that I felt needed to be addressed because it is robbing Christians of a powerful truth that is available to them.
There are people in the Christian church that want to keep worship squashed and make comparisons such as this not because they are correct or even led by the Holy Spirit. It is because they themselves don’t have the first clue about how to engage the Lord in Worship.
Jesus told the woman at the well that the day was coming when believers would worship in spirit and in truth.
I have include the link to the article at the conclusion of this blog for anyone who would like to read it for themselves.
David ironically was a worshiper and understood it’s importance. Had Saul been a worshiper himself, he would not have struggled with demons but the worship of David drove those demons away temporarily – it did NOT soothe them.
Worship is vitally important because you encounter the “Living Word” when you do.
The bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18
18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
When we encounter the Lord we are transformed into His image.
Christians are failing to realize that “The Word” is not merely a book but a living person and His name is Jesus Christ.
Without knowing the “Living Word” the written Word is just that, a written book of words.
Worship does not “soothe” demons, it sends demons fleeing, it gives deliverance from demons and oppression. In fact the very presence of God inhabits our praises.
For too long many teachers and pastors have downplayed worship and the power and importance of it in the life of the believer. But this does not come as a surprise as we see more and more Christians and Christian leaders embracing world views, systems and ways of thinking forfeiting a relationship with the Holy Spirit and refusing to embrace the gifts and fruits that He has given to us.
The bible tells us that this is to be expected in 2 Timothy 3:5
5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
Friends, this supernatural existence we have as “sons of God” is not about works, intellect, research or positions.
We have to marry the spirit and the word together. If we do not bring the two together, we are missing key and vital areas of our Christian existence.
You cannot neglect studying God’s written word and as a minister I cannot express that enough but as a child of God who’s highest calling is to minister to God first, I cannot begin to explain the importance of praise and worship to our Heavenly Father and the honor we need to bestow on Jesus Christ and the connection we need to have to the Holy Spirit.
If our relationship and our ministry to the world and believers as Christians and as ministers and leaders is not built upon worship and intimate connection to God empowered and operated by love, then it is nothing.
Without this connection we will utterly fail and will begin to operate in our own strength and flesh.
Do not sacrifice worship and praise or look at it as secondary to anything else. It is the primary reason for our very being.
God is raising up a movement to restore the hearts of the children back to the Father and it will come through praise and worship that ignites intimacy and will lead to a burning in our very bones for the truth of God’s word to be consumed by our hearts that have been set ablaze by His.