Sunday, August 7, 2011

Expectancy: A Worship Essential

Jesus said if He would be lifted up, he would draw all men unto Himself. God said that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He said that if we will seek him, we will find Him.

Why is it that we don't expect radical things to happen every single time we worship?

We believe what Romans 10:9 says: "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." If we can believe that God will fulfill his promise to save those who call upon His name, why is it so hard to stand firm on the hundreds of promises God gives in the Bible about those who seek Him?

2 Chronicles 7:14 says: If my people, (that's you) who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways (that's worship), then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (that's the promise)

God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) In face the rest of that verse says that without this faith, it is impossible to please God. Without an expectation for things you can't see, you can't make God happy.

This doesn't mean that we just worship to receive. What it means is that when we worship, He'll come. And in His presence is fullness of joy. (Psalms 16:11) In His presence there are times of refreshing (Acts 3:19) In His presence mountains move. (Psalms 68:8) When God steps into a room, things change.

Every time Jesus went to a town he started revivals and riots. He did things that attracted huge crowds. He said things that confused people and turned people off. He had a certain effect on people.

One of my favorite bands, "Lifehouse" says in their song Everything:

How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?

Darkness cannot stand in His light. We can believe that when God arises, His enemies will scatter. So when we begin to worship, let's come into it with excited hearts. Let's start worshipping with faith that God will tell us great and mighty things! (Jeremiah 33:3) Let's prepare ourselves for God's life-changing presence that inhabits the praises of His people!

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