Andrew Logan’s Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Reason 7: Worship is a Heavenly Transaction

leave a comment »

Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

In reviewing our definition of worship, you may recall we defined it as a heart-connection where one expresses deep adoration and esteem for God.  This connection is actually similar to an electrical circuit whereby sentiment is flowing upward toward God, while His blessing is flowing down to us.  Consequently, this flow is bi-directional.  Worship actually becomes a conduit; with God making deposits within us to bless us, encourage us, strengthen us, and bestow His love upon us.  What might we expect to receive in the form of deposits in our life, when we worship?  Let’s take some time and investigate this further.

 “O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion and keep our promises to you, because you answer prayers. People everywhere will come to you on account of their sins. Our faults defeat us, but you forgive them. Happy are those whom you choose, whom you bring to live in your sanctuary. We shall be satisfied with the good things of your house, the blessings of your sacred Temple. You answer us by giving us victory, and you do wonderful things to save us. People all over the world and across the distant seas trust in you. You set the mountains in place by your strength, showing your mighty power. You calm the roar of the seas and the noise of the waves; you calm the uproar of the peoples. The whole world stands in awe of the great things that you have done. Your deeds bring shouts of joy from one end of the earth to the other.”  (Psalms 65:1-8, GNB)

 Looking at the passage above, we see several blessings God gives us as we worship Him.  He answers our prayers.  Without writing in circles, our prayers can be a form of worship and our worship can also contain a prayer.  God hears them and answers them.

God knows how frail we are and how easily we can be overtaken in a fault. God on the other hand, is faithful to us, and forgives us as we worship Him.  He does this in order to make us victorious in Him, rather than living a life of defeat and condemnation.  Because He forgives us, and He is certainly more supreme than we are, we must also forgive ourselves.

Worship provides a channel for God to bring us happiness.  How many times have you been in a less than desirable mood, or been troubled about something, and had those feelings completely disappear within a short time after entering worship?  In fact, those negative emotions or thoughts are replaced by feelings of overwhelming joy, peace, and comfort.

Often when we have guests in our homes, we enjoy sharing our best with them.  This hospitality is a demonstration of the degree to which we care about those visiting us.  As we worship God, He brings us to live in His House.  Did you catch that?  We’re not just there on a temporary visit.  As a gracious Host and Landlord, God shares His best with us, and we are fully satisfied.

Again, God does not want us to live in defeat.  Our connection with Him in worship provides Him the impetus to take our enemies to task, and brings us victory over them.  No matter how difficult the situation may seem, God’s Word says that He does wonderful things.  In the third chapter of the Book of Ephesians, we read that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think according to His power at work within us.  Worship engages His power within us to bring about those wonderful, divine, and miraculous things.

The heart connection we establish with God provides a flow of His unending love toward us.  As we embrace Him in worship, we develop a fullness of understanding that His love is indeed better than life itself.  It is out of this awareness that we gladly lift our hearts, minds, and voices to Him with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  We as human beings have an innate hunger for love and acceptance; and God is no different in that respect, since we’re made in His image and likeness.  Worship provides us an opportunity to feast upon the love and goodness of God and have our hunger satiated.

Our worship conduit connecting us with God provides us other benefits aside from his love and goodness.  Having established worship as one of God’s commands we must obey, He provides a plethora of other bounty for us.  Each of the blessings listed below are made available to us from our obedience in worshiping Him.

“GOD will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that GOD promised your ancestors that he would give you. GOD will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.” (Deuteronomy 28:11, 12 MSG)

 Fruitfulness in relationships, labor, provisions for increase, and prosperity can all be obtained as we obey God and worship Him.  Why would anyone willingly decline such a tremendous promise?

Perhaps you’ve not read those verses in Deuteronomy.  Perhaps, you have difficulty in understanding the Bible.  Did you know that worship can actually help you understand the Bible?  I know what you’re thinking; how can this be so?  Let me give you an example.

Take a look in the eighth chapter of the book of Nehemiah.  Here we find Ezra blessed the Lord God.  The people answered “Amen” which means “so be it” as they lifted up their hands.  They bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  As a result, the people read and understood the words of the Book of the Law of God.

Some of us have found ourselves in a place of confusion or wonderment about life and why we were created.  This is especially true when relational, physical, or financial setbacks occur in our lives.  Desperate to find answers, we exhaust many different methods in hopes of finding these truths.  Ironically, man often complicates the simple truths of God’s Word.  Worship delivers a more expansive perception of God, us, and our destiny in Him.

Finally, worship also affords us the ability to see things in the spiritual realm.  While we may not be able to describe it at times, there is a knowing, an understanding of what is being seen in a realm that is not one that we can access with our natural minds or senses.  Using another channel inside the worship conduit, God bestows this gift to us, to help give us direction, warning, faith, endurance, and every other gift pertaining to life and Godliness.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

http://aplogansr.com

http://aplogansr.com/es/index.php

Publisher of Code Blue Seconds from Death by Henry C. Austin
Logan Christian Publishing Bookstore on Facebook

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: