‘‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’’
We are in a transfiguration moment of Worship. A moment of turning hearts on not just words and music.
A moment which is more the new sound of our hearts than the sound of new musical notes and song words.
An expression of worship not generated from the worship leaders but from our own intimacy with and gaze upon the Lord.
It is from a place of becoming one first with the Lord and then corporately with Him and one another.
It is a new realm of glory that we have not experienced yet.
One where there is no agenda but love and therefore one which is a pure flame of worship being awakened.
A full spectrum of sound unlocked from our hearts because of giving God free, unconditional access to our hearts and so liberating a diverse corporate sound.
Corporate is not where we all sound the same.
At best it is where we are of the same heart.
We emotionally pour out what is required in that moment.
Our fear of being emotional has detracted us from being in the moment with God.
Our concern regarding our image in front of others being greater than being engaged with God in the moment.
God is extreme in how He operates in all things.
Never Luke warm or tepid.
We are made in His image but inhibited by our culture and our self image.
We have massive problems in being abandoned before Him even in the secret place because we have trained ourselves to be emotionless and controlled.
The new sound is less about musicality and performance strumming on without being engaged.
More about abandonment to the Holy Spirit regardless of humiliation much as David’s celebrating exhibits, to the criticism of Michal.
It is a time to engage with the heart and not with culture.
To engage with the person of Jesus.
Discover more what it is to be the temple of His dwelling.
Worship originating in the first person from within.
Personally for us to take on the responsibility of worshiping Him always.
Not relying on the worship band to fan the flame occasionally.
To rely only upon the Holy Spirit His presence from within us.
The religious spirit shut down where we bother more about others to give permission and allow and liberate joy, laughter, tears, groaning, compassion, healing and love.
Our worship is not empty.
It is not for just personal pleasure or gratification.
It is an emotional journey where our hearts experience something divinely precious.
Which postures us 24/7 in close proximity with the One whom we seek.
“made us alive together with Christ”
His temple and dwelling is within us.
Our strength and power.
The illustration shows the worshipper with a full spectrum of worship unlocked from the heart abandoned to worship the person of Jesus totally unique and totally one. Light pushing back darkness.
Six Scriptures that come to mind:
‘This people honours me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’””Matthew 15:8-9 ESV
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”Matthew 6:33 ESV
“As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.”2 Samuel 6:16 ESV
“even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—”Ephesians 2:5 ESV
“built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”Ephesians 2:20-21 ESV
“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”Romans 8:22-23, 26 ESV
The song The River. Gas Street