Many years ago while living in Scotland, I heard a well known pastor speak about how he developed his personal time with Jesus. He consistently worshiped and prayed. Out of his overflow he wrote several notable songs which were sung all over the world.
When he moved to pastor his new church he often walked around his big room(his church worship center area) to worship and pray. One day he sensed a dark area in one portion of the room. It was a space that just didn’t feel right nor good.
He heard the Lord whisper, “Just keep worshiping.” So he continued to go into the room and worship, one day he noticed the dark space was gone and the sense of heaviness had lifted. He asked the Lord what happened to the presence he felt? He sensed this reply, “Darkness cannot exist in the Light.”
He had not addressed the darkness or the sense heaviness directly, He just kept worshiping and one day it left.
Here’s what he discovered.
God is light, and as we worship, the God of Light enters our space and darkness flees.
He noted, “We don’t always have to address the darkness, we just need to be the worshipers the Father seeks. As we worship Light comes and darkness flees. We don’t worship with the intent of removing the darkness, we simply worship focusing upon Jesus and the Father takes care of the rest. True worship is always for God, and for God alone.”
He also shared that he believed that as we worship alone or together, we create pinpoints of light that reach up to Heaven. As we touch the Father’s heart Light / Presence appears.. He noted, “Worship can change the atmosphere in a church, or over a town, or a city as heaven touches earth. I agree.
Pattie and I are very cautious about singing songs as warfare directed toward the enemy. He wants attention. Remember, he was the worship leader. He wants attention anyway he can receive it.
We believe who we focus upon as we worship is important. As Jesus is lifted up, and as we focus upon Him to honor Him, and to glorify Him His presence fills our hearts and our space.
Simply stated…Light dispels darkness.
Have you ever experienced going into a kitchen at night and switching on the light and seen the roaches scurry away?
Sue Rinaldi is a brilliant worship leader from England. She travels around the world leading worship in churches and conferences. She once stated, “Worship is the scene of His appearing.”
We don’t worship to gain God’s favor, or so we will have power encounters with people, or to defeat our enemies. We worship Him only… simply because we want to know what it is to love God from our hearts and to receive more of His love. Our personal worship time is our time investment we are choosing to make toward Him. As a by product, we are refreshed as we receive His love and grace as we experience His presence as He leans toward us.
Over the years I have sought to go there, to sit on the stage, to walk around the chairs, to worship, pray and to receive. Being there, in the big room, reminds me of the greatness of God and reminds me of the people who come and worship with us.
Often I sing new songs directed toward His heart. Sometimes they include appeals for mercy, grace, greater healing. Usually at the end of my time I ask for His presence to be manifest in our worship space on weekends and in my heart.
City Wide Worship Brings Heaven To Earth.
What Caleb Ingram Declare and others in the Dayton area have accomplished for our community in worship has done much more than we realize. Worship has literally circled our community. Thousands of believers have worshiped together.
What Sean Feucht Let Us Worship is accomplishing much more than we realize. Heaven is touching earth. Sometimes I ask people to pray let heaven come to this earth. I ask them to put their hand on their heart and say… This earth. Worship is the scene of His appearing.
Pinpoints of Light… Worship Is!
Why not position yourself to go there to your place, wherever your place is? Go with a hunger and thirst for more, spend time in worship, and rest in His Presence. It’s what is most important.