The key to worship is Jesus. Focusing on His goodness and His grace draws you into His presence. Praise and worship are all about the beauty and majesty of our precious Savior.This truth can cause you to operate effortlessly in every area of your life.
Many believers have yet to discover the power that worship can have in their lives—power that will lead them to triumphant victory in Christ.
It's easy to become caught in old habits and human efforts, but the Lord wants us to receive something better—when you worship Jesus, you will see good days!
The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This phrase was repeated a number of times in the book of Proverbs.
In fact, Proverbs 9:10-11 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you."
There is so much promise in just that passage of scripture...but I want to focus on the "fear of the Lord".
There's been teaching about the "fear of the Lord" to mean that we are to be afraid of God, but that's not what the "fear of the Lord" means when we are living under the new covenant of God's grace.
In fact, Jesus Himself defined for us what the fear of the Lord is. When the devil tempted Jesus to worship him in the wilderness, Jesus answered, "...it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God...'" (Matthew 4:10)
Jesus was actually quoting from the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy, where it says, "You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him..." (Deuteronomy 6:13).
Jesus gave us the true meaning of the fear of the Lord. He said, you shall worship the Lord. In other words, Jesus was saying the fear of the Lord is the worship of God.
So when you say the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom that means when you worship God, wisdom begins. Do you see the divine connection between worshipping the Lord and wisdom?.
Worship God As You Are
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Come and worship Him as you are. Come into God’s presence Jesus-conscious, forgiveness-conscious and grace-conscious! Come into God’s presence bringing only Jesus the spotless Lamb of God as your offering.
Your worshiping God is like the times God’s people in the Old Testament brought their offerings to the priest. The priest examined the animal sacrifice to ensure that it was without blemish. The priest did not examine the sinner. If the animal was without blemish, God accepted the animal sacrifice as well as the offerer who brought the animal.
So when you come into God’s presence, don’t do any self-examination and be discouraged when you find faults in your life. God does not examine you. He sees you through the full value, and all the loveliness and acceptance of His Son. (Ephesians 1:6) He sees you holy and without blemish!
God Is With You Upholding You
10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
It is easy to say, “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!” when times are good. It is easy to believe that God loves you when you are on the mountain top enjoying the sunshine. But what happens when you are down in the dark valley surrounded by your enemies?
Perhaps today, you are in the valley of marital, financial or bodily trouble, and you are asking, “Where is God?”
My friend, He is right there with you. The God of the valleys says to you, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When King Jehoshaphat was surrounded and outnumbered by his enemies, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he said to the king, “Don’t be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you. Don’t fear or be dismayed. Tomorrow, go out against them for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:14–17)
What King Jehoshaphat did next was brilliant. He acted with wisdom from on high. Instead of putting his commandos in front, he put worshipers in front! What did the worshipers sing? They sang of God’s love for them — “Praise the Lord for His love endures forever!” And God utterly destroyed their enemies! (2 Chronicles 20:21–23, NIV)
Beloved, it is not the trials that make us strong, but our responses in those trials. The devil wants us to respond by asking, “Where is God?” But God wants us to respond with faith in His love for us. We are more than conquerors not because of our love for Him, but through Him who loves us. (Romans 8:37)
So whatever valley you are in today, don’t be afraid. God is there with you strengthening and upholding you. Just sing of His love for you and let Him fight your battles for you!
12 Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
So when trouble comes from the devil, don’t give up and say, “It is hopeless!” Don’t worry or get angry. Worship God like David did and see that trouble as an opportunity for God to bless you with more than what you originally had. And because God has declared it, be confident that you will get double for your trouble!
God’s Love Makes You Strong
19… know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
And as we worship and celebrate the love of Jesus in our lives, we will find ourselves changed, and we will see the mighty power of God displayed for us and through us.
This was the case in the life of David. His personal times of worship, of being absorbed in God’s love for him, changed him from a mere shepherd boy to a lion killer, bear killer, giant killer and finally, a king over Israel.
Now, no one on earth, no matter how strong he is, let alone a youth, can come against a lion and prize open its mouth to snatch back his sheep which the lion had carried away, unless God’s anointing is on him. And this was indeed what happened to David the shepherd boy who went after the lion, caught it by its beard, struck and killed it, and thus delivered the lamb from its jaws. (1 Samuel 17:34–37)
My friend, no man can truly enjoy living in this world without God’s strength in his life, God’s favor in his work and relationships, God’s protection for him and his family, God’s increase in his finances, and God’s health and healing for his body. Likewise, no woman can survive emotionally, socially or physically without God’s tender touch, loving presence, sweet assurance and words of life in times of need.
Beloved, as you feed on Jesus’ love for you, you will be filled with the fullness of God. Like David, God’s anointing will begin to operate powerfully in your life. And when you encounter spiritual lions, even the devil himself — when he comes like a roaring lion against you, your loved ones or your possessions — you will grab hold of his mouth and tear him apart!
Worship ushers you into the manifest presence of Jesus.
It is so important to understand this connection—as you worship the Lord, wisdom comes to you for every situation.
First Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Jesus is our wisdom! And as we extend praise and worship to Him, it will usher us into His presence. He wants our focus to be on Him—to enjoy spending time with Him and to be captivated by Him. He is altogether lovely and beautiful and wants to bless you with His presence every single day!
Beloved, as you worship Jesus, you draw near to Him. When you draw near to His presence, everything about Jesus—His glory, His peace, His wholeness, divine life and wisdom will rub off on you!
You might say, "Well, I don't know exactly how to worship," or "I'm not an accomplished musician." Friend, I'm not talking about something else to do. Worship isn't about impressing the Lord or putting on a performance, and it's not contingent on whether or not you're a musician!
To worship Jesus, all you need is a willing heart.
Beloved, whether you sing, dance or just speak words of praise, as you worship the Lord from your heart, you will melt His heart. You don't have to have the right pitch, the perfect words or a rehearsed melody. You can just sing the song in your spirit. Jesus hears those words of love, and they bless Him more than you know.
Praise and worship will affect every area of your life—from the smallest daily activities to the largest life decisions.