I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)
There shall once more be heard the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD: Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Jeremiah 33:10-11)
No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began [to lift us into the glory of His presence]. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:7-10)
After looking at the image of worship that John paints in Revelation 5, this phrase – ‘The Center of the Throne’ really caught my attention. The center of the throne is where God dwells, it’s where the slain Lamb stands, it’s where the praises of God’s people are directed and focused.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland…I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (Isaiah 43:19-21)
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
…I will celebrate before the LORD. (2 Samuel 6:21)
Is Your Worship Too Emotional? This is a question I’ve often heard asked in recent years. At times I have been personally criticized for being too emotional during worship – usually after the Lord has deeply touched my heart and tears are streaming down my face.
Give thanks to the LORD for He is good, His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night—A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)
It was 2003 and the song ‘As the Deer Pants’ was on my heart and lips. I was thinking about the deer and its thirst. At the time I had a thirst for worshiping in song and praying for the healing of others that my home church and family did not share. This thirst led me to go to another church an hour away from home. Somehow this thirst I had was filled there. I had just been there the night before and was questioning if this was the right direction for me. The motives of my heart, that’s what I was really questioning.