All is well.
Go out with singing.
Go not knowing where we are going .
This is the walk of faith.
Community where we celebrate together not just tolerate.
Community where we are cohesive yet diverse.
Community where we have covenant with the new and not what is behind.
There is a time to every season.
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
Time to lay aside faithful loyalty to give way for moving on with what is living and right.
Whilst we are reconnecting and regathering we tune into what the new song is.
The old is stale and what was once nutritious for a season is now deficient.
What we go towards has to be for God and Him alone.
Our praise has to come from the heart as if it is what we were made for.
Our own contribution no one else’s.
We have been drowned out by mouthing other’s words we must create our own from our own heart so that it is our own sacrifice of praise not a mimic of someone else or worse a performance of perfection to please man.
God will make perfect every offering which comes from the heart for His ears only.
Not for excelling one to another.
These are precious to Him.
These are what we will sense we are created for.
There must be new determination to make our own sound however raw or vulnerable. It alone will have the sound of the angels in its origin.
Corporate worship is where everyone brings their own part to the table.
Each brings an expression of their own heart.
God values honest, unrehearsed.
Whether it meets with man’s approval or applause is secondary to its authenticity because God inhabits that praise.
Flattery and people pleasing collapses like a house built with cards if it is not girded with the scaffolding of fear of the Lord and genuine desire to connect with Him only.
There is power in what may appear vulnerable, childlike, undignified raw because it has heralded a face to face encounter.
Extreme foolish weakness will be a vehicle to a new greatness.
The new season carries too much weight of glory for the old vessels to withstand.
An untamed tongue reaps a corruption of what should be pure. The tongue of masquerading worshippers cannot bring the pure sound .
Only taking it to the Lord to turn it around will result in a Renewal of strength and reflect a renewed healthy heart that will dispense His life into our body.
Become the contagious message of hope because His redemption spans all time. He resolves all things even on into eternity.
In eternity, if not now, we will look into the eyes of the One who is Love and worship and Love with that Love.
The illustration shows the body expressing worship cohesive but diverse. Unique yet as one in harmony made perfect by God not us and bringing light to darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”Ecclesiastes 3:5 ESV
“From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.”Psalm 22:25 ESV
“You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!”Psalm 22:23 ESV
“Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny.”Ephesians 4:3-4 TPT
“And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”Ephesians 4:24 TPT
The song The More I Seek You. Stephany Gretzinger