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Obedience is Worship

It always bothers me a bit when people try to define what is and is not praise and worship…or who is or is not praising and worshipping. I had an experience recently that I would like to share.

During the praise and worship time at my church the choir stood to sing this beautiful song and the Lord said to my spirit “open your Bible and read Psam 27.” I said, “Lord they will think I am bored or not really worshiping and it means so much to them when people get into what they are singing.” God said to me, “Who are you worshiping? You have made an idol of what they think.”

I was stunned but also convicted and knew to obey and so I took out my Bible and while they sang their praises I read this Psalm. God was pleased and He let me know that because I had an amazing time during my reading.

That day all across our church people had their own amazing times in the Lord and I know for sure that the Glory of the Lord was with us that morning. We worshipped. Some through song; some through flags; some through prayer; some through ministering to the little ones; some through reading the Word.

Anyone who observed me would assume I was bored but I was so engaged that I could do nothing except what was being asked of me. It was a beautiful time for me and something I hope I never forget. I have heard it said that annointing invigorates but the Glory of God incapacitates. That is how I felt that day. I believe true worship and the highest worship is obedience to whatever God asks.

I love the Word of God. Here is what He asked me to read that day- Psalm 27:

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.

5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!