THE POWER OF WORSHIP PT. 1
Worship is a such a broad topic and is so wide in scope. But simply put, worship is us connecting to God. We connect with Him, turning our attention and our affection to Him and responds to us with His presence. And when He responds to us with His presence, things happen. But it’s important that we keep His presence at the forefront.
“Don’t pursue the power. Pursue His presence. The power is in His presence.”
– Carol Wimber
Worship is all about the presence of God. Life and power come from the presence (note: by the word presence I’m talking his manifest presence, not His omnipresence- that God is everywhere at all times). There is no other agenda with worship. Everything flows from the presence. Nothing is like His presence. His presence really is the only hope for the world. That when someone walks into a room filled with the presence that they are set free and delivered not through anything else other than the presence. The world is hungry for the presence of the Lord.
My prayer for our church is that we come to love the presence of God like nothing else will satisfy. In the natural we eat and we are satisfied, however in the spiritual when we are full of God we are left wanting more. The more we worship the more we will be drawn to more of Him. I am so passionate about His presence. His presence alone is reason enough for us to worship. If God said, “As you seek My face I will come,” that would be enough! His presence is more than enough.
But there is more. When God comes things happen, things that only He can do. Something we need to know about God’s presence is that His presence is active. When we worship in spirit and truth we can expect God to move and do amazing things. Wherever God is things will happen. We see “God activity” in the midst of glorious manifest presence. When we worship, Heaven and Earth meet. This is God’s original design for worship. He longs to interact with His people. But He will only come to a people that are worshippers, a people love His presence. You don’t have to find God. When you become a worshiper He will find you. Worshipper are the ones He is seeking.
God longs to speak to us, to make Himself known. He wants a relationship with us- to be with near us. And when God is in the midst of His people, things happen, things that only He can do.
So that’s my introduction. Next week, we’ll look at some of things that happen when we worship.