Have you ever worshipped God when, suddenly, the words took on new meaning? Did chills run up and down your skin? Did your heart beat fast? Did tears of gratitude stream down your face? Did you feel so close to Him His presence was almost tangible? Did He show you something you’d never realized before? Did you raise your hands? Did you dance? Did you fall to your knees in repentance and surrender?
In fact, some of my most memorable, life-changing moments have happened all alone with the Lord, as I fixed my eyes on the One I love, laid all my sin, opinions, worries and desires at His feet, and worshipped Him.
Not because things were going my way or because He did what I wanted Him to do that day. And not even because I felt Him close. But just because He is worthy.
I think those are His favorite times, too—when, in the midst of hard circumstances, persecution and troubles, with the messes of my mistakes spread out in heaps all around me, I choose to look up at the One I love and say, “You alone are holy.”
Once, in a dingy hotel room in a closed country, my friend told me story after story of disappointing her parents, a boyfriend who dumped her, jobs that fell through, work with no fruit. “I feel like I never measure up,” she sighed. As we prayed together, God toppled that lie with the truth of His love and acceptance, healing her pain and setting her free to see herself through His eyes.
Overwhelmed with gratitude, we worshipped Him. Not with instruments or even with song, but with tears of joy streaming down our faces, we simply told Him how wonderful He is.
Suddenly, the room filled with a heavenly presence so thick, I landed prostrate on my face in the dirty carpet. Angels jolted the air with whirring wings, as cries of “Holy, Holy, Holy” filled my head. When at last the atmosphere settled and I staggared to my feet, I found my stunned friend still sitting on the bed. In a trembly voice, she whispered, “It was like giant hummingbird wings in my face.”
It is an experience I will never forget. And my friend hasn’t forgotten it either. In fact, I just saw her a few days ago, and we laughed as I told her how I’ve gotten in trouble for sharing that story. Apparently, some Christian leaders don’t like God being GOD.
But no matter what others say, God is just as real today as He has always been. And when we truly worship Him, He meets us in intimate, powerful ways. Not always like the story above, of course. But worshipping God in spirit and in truth is what we were created for. It invites Almighty God near and transforms our circumstances as He transforms us. Psalm 103, John 4:23-24.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV)
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.” Psalm 69:30-31
“Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.” Hebrews 13:15
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
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