A Call For the Bride To Worship
By Sheila M. Herron
ďThe seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ďThe kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.Ē
And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God.Ē __Revelation 11:15-16 NIV
In this final hour, God is calling for the worship of His Bride, the Body of Christ (the believers). He wants our very lives to worship His presence, not just for a day or an hour, but everyday. It grieves me when I sit in a service and can feel the desire of the Lord for worship but the worship gets cut off because of announcements or the planned move of the order of service.
When are we going to come back to our first Love? Are we like the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2, who was so caught up in good deeds and works that they forgot the main focus?
Church, we have got to get back to the heart of worship! Iím not talking about running to the altar with money, thatís all fine in its place and at the appointed time, but Iím talking about true worship and adoration for the Lord. Worship from the heart, His word says that He is seeking true worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. (See John 4:24) Worship should be a part of our lifestyle, not just an act for Sunday service. Worship is on the inside down in our heart and soul, thatís why it is so important for us to have the new heart that God says He will give us in Ezekiel 11:19. That heart allows for us to worship purely because the spirit of God, not the carnal flesh of man, rules it.
When we worship God and shout praise up to Him, God honors it and adores it. I remember hearing a minister share about how God actually sees colors when we send up our praises to Him. God inhabits the praises of His people. Psalm 22:3
He is first calling us to come together as one on one accord, worship cannot manifest in confusion. When I say confusion, I am referring to the works of the flesh or any other distraction that takes us away from the call of God to worship. On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, they were all praying and on one accord. It says that they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
So many times, we have come into service and have brought issues along with us. We should come with an attitude of expectancy, anticipating Godís Spirit to move among our midst.
In the former tabernacle, the priests had to consecrate and prepare themselves before they could go before the Lordís presence. If they went in and they were not prepared, they would fall dead right there on the spot. Thatís how pure the presence of God is and that is what He desires of our worship. His call to salvation says that one can come as they are, but for us, the saints, who have been cleansed in His blood from all unrighteousness, He wants us to come before Him with a pure heart and to worship Him in His holiness with all of our heart and spirit. He wants us to worship freely and not be concerned with the next agenda or program. He doesnít want us to be concerned with who is watching us, just be free!
When we freely worship, we are tearing down spiritual strongholds in the spirit realm. We are actually doing warfare when we worship and Satan hates worship. As we shout out praises to the Lord, it cringes the ears of evil. Imagine the sound of someone scratching a chalkboard that is how it sounds to the ears of Satan. As the people shouted in Jericho, the walls came down. Our praise destroys yokes and removes burdens, we must be obedient to His call so that others can be set free.