One of the things we discovered about worship is that it releases blessings in two directions. Not only are we loving God, but at the same time, He is extending His Love back towards us. In other words, it’s a two-way communication. We humble ourselves and acknowledge that He is everything to us; He, then, makes Himself known by revelation, insight and love. Thus, part of the joy of worship is the divine revelation that often results.In one of Dave Hunt’s newsletters, he comments: “Appreciation begets worship, and the Lord responds by revealing Himself in ever greater measure in a fellowship of love that overflows in fruitful witnessing.”The bottom line is that intimacy must precede insight.
Using Scriptures in Worship
Now, not all my encounters with the Lord are dramatic. Sometimes, when I worship Him, I don’t feel a thing, but, by faith, I still know He is there, that He hears my praises and that He is pleased. Other times, my meetings with Him are electric!
Often I will repeat 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 over and over again:
“Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel, our father, forever and ever. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now, therefore, our God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious Name.”
Or, I will repeat certain phrases from Revelation:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing….Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:12-13)
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever…We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” (Revelation 11:15 and 17)
“Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. …For Thou only art holy…” (Revelation 15:3-4).
“Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be…” (Revelation 16:5)
Or, I read one of my favorite worship passages. See Psalm 72:17-19; 91; 95:1-7; 96:1-9; 113; 134; 135; 136; 145; 150.
I let the Spirit lead me and do whatever He tells me. Sometimes I raise my hands, sometimes I’m on my knees, and, sometimes, I’m flat on my face, silently holding the Lord in the Spirit.
God gave us worship so that we might become partakers of His highest purposes. Yes, Christ, Himself, is the major focus of our worship, but as we worship Him, He often reveals His plans and His purposes for our lives to an even greater degree.
In worship, the Lord desires to:
1.make His presence known,
2.reveal His person to us,
3.reveal His power to us,
4.reveal His eternal purposes to us,
5.reveal His personal plans for our lives.
When I am worshiping, I find it very necessary to have my Bible and my journal close at hand. Again, God works differently in each of our lives. But, for me, He seems to make His presence known through His Word. Thus, if I don’t have my Bible handy to look up what He has just told me or my journal ready to write down what I’ve heard, by the time I’m through worshiping, I will have forgotten everything.
Bob Sorge, in his book Secrets of the Secret Place, confirms the same thing: “I am personally convinced that I cannot hold onto what God gives me apart from writing it down…Those who retain what God gives them will be given more.”
Our Response to His Love
God’s desired response for us (when we are in His presence) is that we:
1. Have an open and contrite heart so that we might see ourselves as we truly are, and experience contrition, brokenness, sorrow, shame, grief, repentance and honesty.
2. Submit and dedicate ourselves to Him to an even greater degree – yielding, surrendering and sacrificing ourselves to His will, His Word and His authority. (Isaiah 6:8; James 1:21-25)
3. Have an urgency to lay our burdens, requests and intercessory prayers at His feet and be propelled to pray even more for the lost, the divisions, the injustices, the diseased, the pain and the difficulties others are experiencing. (Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2: 1-3; Mark 14, Matthew 26, Luke 22, John 13 and 1 Corinthians 11)
4. To love, adore, enjoy, honor, exalt, magnify and praise Christ even more than we are doing now.
5. And, finally, that we might go forth and glorify and reflect Him in all that we think, say and do.
Overcome by “the Joy of our Salvation”
The bottom line is that experiencing the manifestation of His presence – through His Word, through His Spirit and through just knowing He is present – fills us with indescribable joy, no matter what circumstances surround us!
[This article has been excerpted from Nancy Missler’s book Private Worship: The Key to Joy.]