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Worship God with power and enthusiasm. Thankfulness is beautiful and personal to God. The biggest problem that God had with the Israelites in the wilderness was murmuring. The complete and total lack of thankfulness caused God to say he wanted to destroy the whole lot of them. Moses stood in the gap for the unthankful nation. All God wanted to do was bless them and nothing was ever enough. What a great disappointment. Although we are humans living in a flesh body we can turn away for the fleshly desire to complain, grumble, or murmur. The Body of Christ can choose to dance, clap and sing. Praise is a choice and there is never a better time to dance than now.
Except from: “The Promise, A Handbook on the Holy Spirit,” By Debbie Carrick
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACH YOU THE SECRETS OF PRAISE
“Vehement worship”—these were the words I kept hearing early one morning when I was waking. The Spirit spoke those two words clearly several times. If the Spirit wakes me with a word, then I put my attention to His instruction right away. My first step was to get a good definition of vehement. Surprisingly, the word is full of descriptive power. Several dictionary sources explain vehement as zealous; ardent; impassioned; extreme intensity; fierce loyalty; forcefulness; conviction; strong emotion; passionate; strenuous; earnest; fervid, and burning fiery. Vehement is with a mark of vigor and great energy or exertion.
My next step was to judge the message that I was receiving against the scriptures. Therefore, I began with King David, the most notable worshiper in the Bible. David fought in countless battles, at times taking entire fortified cities. God was faithful to deliver David’s enemies into his hands. From a young boy he became a warrior. Which leads me to the question, “Did David’s strength to conquer nations come from his time spent in devout worship of the Lord?” David was a man just like any believer today. Yet, he was a man who gained great favor from God. The scriptures teach that God is no respecter of persons. Then, did David’s driving need to worship God gain him the favor to become conqueror, prophet, and King of Israel?
David, the shepherd boy, David the King of Israel—it did not matter, this man loved to worship God. Liberally recorded throughout the Bible are the accounts of King David. However, David authored only one book, Psalms. Psalms are the lyrical prose of prayers and conversations that David had with God. There is not one psalm written by David that does not include the awesomeness of God. David makes his greatest attempts at wrapping his mind around the character of God, and then he tries to put it in words back to God.
In my college days, while working on a local Tennessee history assignment, I was roaming through a private cemetery. One of the headstones read “Wife of _____ , if she had a fault he never knew it.” I realized then that the tombstone is not a testimony of a woman who had no faults—it is a testimony of a loving interactive relationship that lasted the life of a marriage. David never allowed his faults or shortcomings to separate him from God. He lived a life of praise and worship and gained God’s favor in the process. He was not a mild mannered, once or twice a week worshipper. Read the passage of when the “Ark of the Covenant” is brought into the city. It seems as if every descriptive word for vehement is present as David openly worships God:
“Now it was told King David, saying, ‘The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of trumpet.” 2 Sm 6:12:16 NKJV
Could you see one of our prominent political leaders openly worshiping the presence of the Almighty God on Capital Hill? That is an unfair question, because everyone in Israel knew the presence of God was resting inside the Ark of the Covenant. I am not suggesting that it is necessary for one to go to the city square and dance vehemently before God.
Use this passage as the example that it is. Note that David danced with all his might, then came the ushering in of the ark. What was in the ark? It was the presence of God. As a person learns to worship God with all his or her might, in prayer time it will usher in the presence of God. What I am really suggesting is that believers should be willing to work hard at entering into the presence of the Lord. There is nothing wrong with having strong emotions toward God or Jesus. Jesus is the Savior, Healer and Mediator. He intercedes and intervenes in our lives when we call upon Him. Entering into the presence of the Lord is worth our time—fervidly pursue Him through worship.
Look at how the man who was lame from birth reacted when he received his healing. It is an expression of thanksgiving:
“So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:8 NKJV
One may make the argument that the lame man had much reason to give praise. Is salvation not a good enough reason to walk, leap and praise God? There is no good reason not to be zealous and impassioned about your salvation. One of my favorite ways to praise God is with a vigorous handclap. Often times, when I am alone and praying in tongues, I feel the need to clap my hands with a great gusto to accompany my prayer:
“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!”
Ps 47:1 NKJV
Learn from David the Psalmist. He tells us to clap our hands and use a strong voice to praise. David exerted himself in the worship of his Lord, and that is all right. Worship is a personal communication between you and God. It is important that believers accept the fact that our Lord desires worship. David abandoned the pull of his egotistical self-image and took up the selflessness that exalted worship as a life style. Remember, he was a shepherd boy. He sat for hours and played music on the flute and the harp to God. He sang songs and entered into God’s presence. David realized early in his life that God loves the praises of His children, and it became David’s pleasure to develop in a constant confession of God’s goodness.
If you have the desire to worship in a deep and passionate way, start where David started. Begin to set aside a private time of pure, from-the-heart worship. If it spills over into the assembly, this too is proper. Learn how to love your Lord intimately in privacy first. Many people know for their self a lifestyle of worship. Many members of the Body of Christ want to openly, worship our Lord with a fierce loyalty. We should not judge or condemn these dedicated worshippers. As long as they are in order, there should be an acceptance of their need to earnestly, and passionately worship in the assembly.
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