We do not begin but we join
We do not begin praise and worship but we join it, because every day [all the time] it is going on in heaven. Isn’t it amazing that God’s worship is going on spontaneously! Day and night a glorious sound of worship is heard saying “Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night saying “Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Rev.4:8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above it stood Seraphim: each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth if full of his glory!” Isaiah 6:1-3
Anything which is already going on all the time cannot be started but can only be joined. It is important to understand that we only join the Praise and Worship that is already going on. The Bible says there is singing in heaven, sometimes they sing loudly which can be known as praise and after singing loudly they bow down and fall on the ground and worship God.
Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp and golden bowels full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth”. Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angles around the throne, the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, saying with a LOUD VOICE: “Worthy is the Lamb who slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and such are in the sea, and all that are in the them, I heard saying “blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the lamb forever and ever”. Then the four living creatures said Amen!” And the twenty four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever”. Rev.5:8-14
No matter how and what is the condition of the circumstances around us, once we join in true Praise and Worship, things will be normal because we will be in tune with the heavenly hosts and will be in great joy where the sorrows cannot stay or last.
Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6. Verse 10. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Why is Jesus teaching us to pray for God’s kingdom to come? We know that in God’s kingdom, and in His reign, there are no sorrows, no death, no lack, no problem, and so on and on. Yes that is right, however we cannot neglect that in heaven and in His kingdom, day and night praise and worship is going on. We must understand that one of the most important ingredients in heaven is praise and worship. Let me relate this with our subject. Let His kingdom come to every individual’s heart on earth as it is going on in heaven day and night. And when that happens, praise and worship will flow from every individual’s heart and people will be free from any kind of worries and from any kind of problems in their lives as it would be in heaven. Because in God’s presence no problems can stand no matter how huge it may look.
In this prayer it is also said, “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s wills are numerous but one of them is that He wants us to have fellowship with Him and He wants us to worship Him. “YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD.” Matt.4:10. Therefore the will of God is that the people of the earth would give reverence to God or honor Him and worship Him as it is in heaven.
Psalm 99:5 says, “Extol the Lord our God and worship at His footstool! Holy is He”! [Amp Bible]. We are asked to extol our God and worship at His footstool. This means to bow before Him, kneel down before Him in His presence. But the Bible also says that the earth is His footstool. That means we are to worship Him on the earth.
“Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool.” Isaiah 66:1.
Rev 7:11 says, “They fell on their faces before the throne and worship God.” Heaven is God’s throne and the earth is His footstool. Therefore as worship is going on in heaven we must worship Him on the earth, which is the footstool of God. There are people who neglect praise and worship and I do wonder what those people will do in heaven when everybody praises and worships God there. How will they spend their eternity in heaven by not doing what everybody else is doing there? The Bible says even the elders, angels and all the saints are worshiping the Lord day and night there. God takes pleasure in our worship; our worship is sweet smelling aroma to Him.
How will they spend their eternity in heaven by not doing what everybody else is doing there?
Jesus is the High Priest and now He is not going to carry any more blood to the Holy of Holies because He has already shed His blood.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Heb 9:12
Now He is the High Priest of our confession as the Scripture says.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus. Heb 3:1
Therefore whatever we offer to God in praise and worship He carries those words to the Father. He is the High Priest of our confession and in praise and worship we confess and we proclaim Who our God is and what He means to us. Jesus is delighted to carry the word that pleases the Father and Father always takes pleasure when praises are offered to Him. AMEN.
Where are the nine?
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show your selves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-20
Out of the ten only one came back praising God in a loud voice. He was grateful; and he threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. He rendered the ministry of praise and thanksgiving to Him. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Here we can understand that Jesus wanted all to thank God and praise God for what He has done. He wants people to praise God for whatever God has done in their lives.
Some people say that we are imitating what the foreigners are doing. But let me tell you, we are not imitating what the foreigners are doing; rather we are imitating what heaven is doing. In heaven no one can stay or live without praising and worshiping God, then why don’t we learn it and do it from now on? Make praise and worship your life style. We are forgiven from all our sins and we have been cleansed from all uncleanness. By His stripes we are healed, our names have been written in the book of life. We are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus. But are we praising and thanking God for all these?
Are we like the one who returned to Jesus thanking God, or just like the other nine about whom Jesus asked? But when we imagine about how merciful and gracious He is toward us we cannot live without thanking or praising Him for what He has done for us.
All of us have countless stories after stories of how God has changed and blessed our lives so wonderfully. As many as received Jesus, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (see John 1:12). We have been given the citizenship of heaven and we are born out of death into Life. Now in Christ, God has made us born again by incorruptible seed, therefore we must come to Him and thank Him for all He did.
But let me tell you, we are not imitating what the foreigners are doing, rather we are imitating what heaven is doing.
There was a man who was lame from his mother’s womb; he used to be laid at the gate of the temple to get alms from the people. He used to survive by the alms that people gave him. His expectations were always on people that came to the temple. Alms that he got from people were the only source for his survival. Therefore he always looked to whoever came to the temple with the eyes of expectation. Praise God, on that particular day, Peter and John went to the temple but carrying nothing at their hands for the man who was always there expecting to receive alms from the people. The man was expecting some alms from Peter and John as he expected from everyone that comes to the temple every day. I believe that if they would have brought the alms, this man would have missed his miracle that day. But that day was his day. Peter and John had nothing at their hands. As Peter and John were entering the temple, this man asked the alms from them. They went to him and Peter told him, “Look at us, we do not have gold and silver but I give you what I have, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And then Peter lifted him by his right hand, and immediately the man stood up and he began to leap and walk. And as we know the story that he never sat there any more to beg or ask the alms rather he immediately followed Peter and John and entered the temple thanking and praising God. People were amazed to see the man walking and praising God. For many years he was just sitting at the gate of the temple with a different attitude. I wonder if ever he had entered in the temple or not before. But now he entered in the temple and his attitude was changed. He entered to praise and thank God for what He did for him. We must be like that man; thanking and praising Him for whatever He has done for us.
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them — walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:1-10
Make it your life style
Earlier I talked about coming to the church and joining the praise and worship, because that is the time that we give unto the Lord. We give Him sweet words, the words of love towards Him and we give Him all honor, praise and respect due to Him. However I mentioned earlier about praise and worship in group and in the church, but in this chapter I would love to explain to you that praise and worship is beyond just singing some songs in our church or in a group of people, it should be our daily life style. We must praise God not only in church or in groups but it should be always our life style any where any time any place. We must live a life of thanking, praising and worshiping our God.
Some believer says, “Whenever I feel the Spirit move in my heart I will praise.” It is good to praise and worship God when one feels the Spirit move. However if someone praises God only when he feels the Spirit move in his heart, then he will have days after days that he would have to spend without praising and worshiping God because he will not feel the Spirit move all the time. Praise and worship should be our life style whether we feel it or not, because the Bible says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” We should not wait for feelings to praise our Almighty God.
It is good to establish a routine habit [life style] of praise and worship. Here “routine” I am not talking about tradition, or ritualistic practices, but life style. You may find that it is sometimes just cold routine. But this cold routine is powerful and indispensable. Let us think about the cold routine of breathing in and out. There are no joyous feelings accompanying with it, but what if that routine were to stop? The consequences we know very well. Another cold routine if I have to mention here is that of the heart pumping blood to various parts of the body. What happens when that routine stops? What about the earth’s rotation? What would happen if it stops?
If we think about it carefully, we will find that life is dependent more on various routine acts than on occasional events. Important things are accomplished by routine works. More is accomplished by routine works than by special events. If there is anything important, we need to convert it into a routine activity and by doing that, success is guaranteed. Praise and worship is important. We need to establish it as a routine activity and ignore the feelings. Let us work and walk by established program and not only by sudden exiting happenings that soon pass away. Praise and worship is eternal and permanent we cannot ignore it in heaven, so let us get into it or begin it now. So the routine acts of praise and worship will slowly but steadily transform someone into a mature worshiper of the Lord. There may be time and circumstances that try to pull us down and we may not feel like praising God. But we need to realize that even if we do not feel good we do not stop breathing and the Bible says that everything that has breath must praise God. If we take breath even when we are not happy or joyful then we ought to praise God even when we are not happy or joyful. If a believer can praise God in his tough time even when he is not feeling good that is called the sacrifice of praise. Sacrifice does mean that when you don’t feel like giving but you give, it also means you don’t feel like doing but you do it. So there are times in our lives we need to bring the sacrifice of praise unto Him.
Praising believers minister to the Lord and reap nearness to God as their own rewards. The more you know your God the more you can praise and worship Him. If you know Him only a little, you will not be able to spend long periods in praise and worship, even if you want to. The more you grow in knowing Him the more you would want to give hours and hours to praise and worship.
Psalms 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanks giving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
When we give thanks to the Lord we will find ourselves entering into God’s gate, and soon from the courts of God we will be praising Him for all His goodness. We need to thank God for whatever He has done for us and we need to praise Him for His goodness, and for WHO HE is.
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