Friday, September 28, 2012

the true heart of worship

I had the opportunity last night to worship with Kari Jobe & All Sons & Daughters. It was a sweet time to get away with a few of my closest friends. I love both of these groups & really love that they are so focused on experiencing God during worship. When my father died last December I stumbled upon the song "Reason to Sing" by All was the single most important song that I attribute to helping me heal from his death. You know those times when the heaviness is there but no tears come out. Well their music helped the tears flow & allowed the Lord to begin my healing process. I personally have always connected deeply with music & still have to be cautious about what I listen to because it influences my emotions so much. I am just thankful today for musicians who love Jesus & want nothing more than to help others encounter His presence! There is so much intimacy that occurs when we allow ourselves to get lost in Him, He loves us so much! I know I didn't really begin to understand the heart of the Father until I opened myself up to just resting in Him. Trust, faith, and peace is built when we turn to Him for everything. The thing that stood out to me the most aside of the humility all of the performers possessed was this passage of scripture from Psalm 22:22-31 that singer Leslie Jordan(AS&D) shared with the audience. It is a perfect description to me of what God is doing in these last days. Gathering up His followers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth(John 2:24) It's time church! There has never been quite the opportunity to join amongst other believers to live & live out loud for Christ! Tell the whole world. Be the example. We have hope to offer the broken, the hopeless, the devastated....His name is JESUS!

Psalm 22:22-31
Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
    give glory, you sons of Jacob;
    adore him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
    never looked the other way
    when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
    he has been right there, listening.
25-26 Here in this great gathering for worship
    I have discovered this praise-life.
And I’ll do what I promised right here
    in front of the God-worshipers.
Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
    and eat their fill.
Everyone on the hunt for God
    is here, praising him.
“Live it up, from head to toe.
    Don’t ever quit!”
27-28 From the four corners of the earth
    people are coming to their senses,
    are running back to God.
Long-lost families
    are falling on their faces before him.
God has taken charge;
    from now on he has the last word.
29 All the power-mongers are before him
All the poor and powerless, too
Along with those who never got it together
30-31 Our children and their children
    will get in on this
As the word is passed along
    from parent to child.
Babies not yet conceived
    will hear the good news—
    that God does what he says.

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.on him, to all who call on him in truth.

John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

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