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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hearts of Worship

I've been on an amazing journey that started last fall, but has really taken off as I have met with an amazing group of women who are becoming known as "The Pillar Intercessors" we are "WATCHMEN" for a coming conference, praying through and preparing the way.
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We met early yesterday for prayer. Seriously, as these precious women and I lifted our voices and hearts to heaven standing in the gap for thousands of women who will converge on the D/FW metroplex for Pink Impact at the end of the month... I thought I would just leap out of my skin and ascend to heaven. I really felt as if we called down heaven.
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God assembled this group of women through one facilitator. Her heart is to see women liberated at this conference and she believes it starts with a heart of worship. Oh yes, we all believe this to be true.
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As we met last week we discovered that each of us represents a different pillar - a different post that stands watch for the Presence of the Lord. These are the pillars: 1.) The Fear of the Lord, 2.) Love, 3.) Mercy, 4.) Freedom (mine), and 5.) Empowerment.
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Oh the Glory of the progression of our pillars. God is doing such a new thing. In the last week TRUTH has been on the hearts of each of us as we have prayed. GLORY.
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As I joined this journey in October, God had given me the word "WORSHIP" and I then learned our leader's heart was to see women opened to freedom through worship. Then God gave me these four "benefits" of worship: (Kari asked for more information... So I have included what God showed me in my study over the weekend about these Four BENEFITS (Formerly Types) of worship.)
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1. Revelatory Worship - a benefit of worshipping the Lord from our heart that results in our receiving revelation about our circumstances, the Future, and/or about the nature and the character of God. John received the REVELATION (of Christ's Diety) at the age of 90 on the aisle of Patmos one Sunday morning as he stood worshipping the Lord in his prison cell. As Stephen declared the glory of the Lord, in an attitude of worship and humility, even in his stoning he was given a revelation of heaven and such grace for the moment. Isaiah's prophetic call came in a posture of worship before the throne of God. And even Paul, when he was taken up to the third heaven. Worship was the attitude of all these men's hearts. As David wrote the psalms, songs and hymns of praise to the Lord, he received prophetic and divine revelation about God and His plans. Revelatory Worship - The first benefit of worship is revelation.
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2. Interecessory Worship - Jesus worshipped God the Father as He intercedes for Lazarus, the nation of Israel, His disciples and future Christians, as well as for His own coming trial and crucifixion. Daniel prayed and worshipped making intercession for the nation he loved, his fellow countrymen who were being held in captivity and for God's deliverence. His heart worshipped the Lord and God delivered many miracles on behalf of Daniel's prayers. Jeremiah worshipped the Lord even in the midst of great tragedy. (Jeremiah 32) His acts of worship were an intercession before the Lord on behalf of Jerusalem and the Southern Kingdom.Moses intercession for the people came from a heart filled with faith and devotion to God. He would intercede boldly and with confidence from a heart that worshipped and believed God would answer his prayers.Paul consistently wrote in his epistles prayers of worshipful intercession for the churches and people under his spiritual guidance and care. Intercessory Worship - the second benefit of worship is a heart that intercedes.
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3. Warfare Worship - I think of Joshua face down before the Commander of the armies of the Lord. His worship led to great victory because in worship our hearts are humble before God and our minds clearly focused on the who of our purpose not the what we have to do. I picture Jehoshaphat and the Judean countrymen sending out the chior and the band against the enemy. Oh how the Lord showed up, showed off and showed true the benefit of worship in warfare. Worship is one of the vital ways we put on the full armor of God. It protects our minds and hearts from the assaults of the enemy because we are declaring the goodness and the glory of God through salvation, righteousness, the Gospel of peace, truth, and faith --- and we are protected by His Spirit and His Word in this benefit. It drives us deeper and longer into His presence and His will. Warfare Worship - the third benefit of worship is victory in warfare.
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4. Relational Worship - In the worship series Pastor Robert taught he defined worship as love expressed. I think of the way David and the apostle John loved God with their whole hearts, sold out and devoted to Him in every way. To lean back into the breast of our Lord and feel the safety of His presence all around you - - - to know God as a friend the way Moses did, to walk with Him in the cool of the day in relationship and trust. It is from these times of pure worship and devotion that our love for God grows because we so deeply experience and realize His love for us. The fourth benefit of worship is a heart that fully loves and trusts God in any and every circumstance.
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That's what I got --- I have pages of Scripture and had trouble nailing it down to just a few so I have chosen to encourage to study up and see for yourself what God would say to you about these four benefits of worship by studying them out in His Word.
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So... now, I have a question for all of you. How have you experienced or seen the fruit the Lord in any or all of these four "types" of worship?
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AND... Have you ever been a part of something so GOD that you just felt like you were going to shed your skin and move right on up to your heavenly home... Tell us about it.

As we prayed yesterday I saw this vision:
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Jesus hovering over a throng of women who are walking the road to the conference. He is ushering them. Then I saw the intercessors kneeling on either side of the path just ahead of the throng of walkers... the intercessors were steadily working to fill in the gaps, the potholes (pits), and remove the stones and obstacles for those journeying to Pink.
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He gave me a couple of key Scriptures: Isaiah 58:8, 12; Isaiah 35:8-10; and the Scripture that so beautifully frames us is Isaiah 62:6-8, 10-11.
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So the floor is open. Chime on in and share your worship story... Share your God glory moments. Just share so we can all learn and know and be amazed at the way our Lord moves among us.
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Glory. That's all I can say. Glory. Fall. On. Us. Today!





3 comments:

Kari said...

Hi, Can you explain the difference between the four worship you mentioned. I'm new at this. Thank you.

luvmy4sons said...

I have had a few moments in my life where I felt for a few moments as if I was ushered into the the Throne Room of Grace. Once when I gave over my son to God accepting that if the likely diagnosis of cancer came to pass and God wanted him home I accepted that. Words cannot begin to express it. And I have had moments in private worship singing where I felt as if I were holdign the hand of Christ...and other moments in corporate worship at church where I was trembling, crying...reduced to tears...overwhelmed with my sinfulness and the grace that makes me clean!

Michelle Bentham said...

Oh Leslie, your words resound with the sweetness of God's presence and love. Our hearts bared in worship lead us straight into His heart of glory.

Love you.