The Beginning of A New Journey (Part 2)

(This is a continuation of my post yesterday, The Beginning of A New Journey)

When he had notified them of his resignation, they gave us until Tuesday to make it official, just in case we changed our minds after praying about it some more.  Like I said, we had come across a church that evening and on Friday we spent the day mulling and praying it over.  After submitting our resume that Friday night, we waited.  We included a link to Tevis’s YouTube page and checked is everyday to see if it had been viewed by anyone in TN and how they got there (either by search, email link, etc.)  We figured it wouldn’t be viewed until at least Sunday since they were more than likely taking Saturday off.  Monday rolled around and it still hadn’t been viewed.  Tuesday came and still nothing.  Late Tuesday night, we made it official that he was going to resign.  “Okay God, You know what Your doing!  This is crazy, but we are trusting that You have it all worked out!” is all that kept running through our heads.

Wednesday morning rolled around.  I got up and checked the YouTube page as usual.  Nothing.  Broken hearted and starting to get discouraged, I was (loving the Yoda thing right now).  I go about breakfast and go and check Tevis’s email at 10:30 and we had gotten an email from Life Point.  Awesome!  I holler for Tevis to come downstairs, that TN had emailed him back.  We read it over and later that afternoon we emailed them back with our answers to the questions that they had.

We didn’t know how long it was going to be until we heard from them again, if at all.  The next day, Tevis was going to be gone to the Leadership Summit with the rest of the staff from church.  At their afternoon 3:45 break, they gathered all the staff together.  They had Tevis announce his resignation to them.  Tevis calls me at 4:05 (yes I really do remember the dates and times of this stuff), and tells me to get a hold of a couple of people for him from the worship team and to tell me that everyone on staff now knows and it’s official.  After I made the calls, I checked his email again.  There in his inbox was an email from Life Point.  They had sent it at 4:35.  They were asking us to come down to visit.  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!  24 hours after the first email from them and 30 minutes after he let staff know, Life Point was asking us to come to visit.  In ministry, the hiring process rarely, if ever, moves that fast.  The timing of all this was blowing my mind.  Every time we took a step, God showed up. Doors just kept opening.  So, we just kept walking.

I’ll pick up again from here tomorrow.  =)  Be Blessed!

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How Awesome Is He

There are moments where the mind just shuts down.  It’s when our human intellect can’t truly comprehend the vast expanse of God’s glory.  When we try to think too deeply and realize that His awesomeness is beyond what we can fathom.  We can get glimpses, but to think too deeply is mind boggling.  Yet, when the Spirit of the Lord falls on us, it’s as if we are Moses, standing on the mountain in the presence of God.  Oh what a glorious time to be had: the amazing filling of the Spirit that takes over and exudes the beauty of our God.  It’s in that moment that we can somewhat have an understanding of what Heaven will be like.  We were created to worship Him.  We were created to exalt His greatness.  To proclaim Him, in His entire splendor.  Do you know the working of your makeup is so intricate that only a creator beyond this world could design you?  He instilled in us a longing.  A longing for Him.  That quiet connection that he has with us, his children.  The way he speaks to us.  Can you hear it?  Are you able to see all the wonder that He is?  We just need to STOP the busy and sit still and take it all in and listen.  Really, really listen.  Let His Spirit flow over you.  Let the presence of the Lord rain down and just soak you.  Dance in his Almighty rain.  Shout for joy the greatness of our King.  For He is worthy!  =)  Be Blessed!

Worship- Follow David’s Lead

I’ve been wanting to do a series on worship for awhile.  Yet, right now I don’t have the time to devote to a post every single day.  That reason will be explained in another post on a different day, but, I came across this article and found that it was VERY well written.  Enjoy.  Be Blessed!  =)

 

Nine Expressions of Worship

 by Stephen M. Newman

Pastor of Worship and Arts

August 26, 2010

 

David’s Lead

 It’s captivating to read through the Psalms and see the variety of ways in which David worshiped. When we pause to ask ourselves what we are doing during our worship times today, we are often faced with several questions. How do we worship? What are we able to do and still be reverent before the Lord? What is God’s desire for our worship? Does God give us the right to pick and choose how we worship? 

 

The Psalms have given us nine different expressions of worship, and these expressions stem from David’s desire to worship the Lord wholeheartedly and without reservation. Oddly enough, these expressions are not foreign to us, but we fail to practice them in our corporate worship for one reason or another. 

 

Listed below are the nine expressions of worship that we will focus on in this article. They can be broken down further into three physical expressions. 

The Spoken Voice 

 

1. Speaking – 

Psalm 34:1 says, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always 

be on my lips.” 

 

2. Shouting – Psalm 

27:6 says, “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround 

me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will 

sing and make music to the Lord.” 

 

3. Singing – Psalm 

47:6 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises.” 

Our Posture 

 

1. Bowing – 

Psalm 95:6 says, “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before 

the Lord our Maker.” 

 

2. Standing 

– Psalm 119:120 says, “My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand 

in awe of your laws.” 

 

3. Dancing 

– Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise his name with dancing and make 

music to him with tambourine and harp.” 

Our Hands 

 

1. Playing Instruments 

– Psalm 33:2, 3 says, “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him 

on the ten stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, 

and shout for joy.” 

 

2. Clapping 

– Psalm 47:1 says, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God 

with cries of joy.” 

 

3. Lifting Hands 

– Psalm 63:4 says, “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your 

name I will lift up my hands.”

 None of these expressions of worship are foreign to us. They may be foreign to our present worship experiences, but not to our culture. When there is a wedding and the bridal march begins, what do people do without thinking twice? They stand in honor of the bride and groom on this special day. When a man asks a woman to marry him, he gets on his knee to propose to her. Why? Because he wants to show her that this is an important event and that she is being honored as someone very special. Dancing plays a part of our culture in that it expresses celebration, intimacy, and individuality. We clap with enthusiasm for everything that pleases us. Musicians will play their instruments for hours on end with no one listening. Speaking doesn’t need to be mentioned at all. Have you ever been to a ball game where the parents of the players were present? If so, you’ve experienced shouting at it’s best. Singing is done by the talented and untalented alike, and is often done in cars, showers, and on stage. We are a musical people. Lastly, we look at lifted hands. In sporting events or competitions we see this quite often. Whenever a player scores a basket or touchdown the hands go up. It a natural response to an amazing task performed. 

 Why share all this? We know it, right? Yet, we fail to exercise all these in public worship. David used these expressions because he wanted to worship God with his entire being. His heart was to worship the Lord with everything he had, and he held nothing back in his worship. He wanted to share with us his heart and desire to worship, and he wanted us to enjoy pleasing the Lord through God’s creation…our bodies and souls. 

 What else can we learn from David? He not only practiced these expressions regularly, he didn’t really care what others thought about it. Even his own wife thought he was nuts and yet, God thought enough of it to call him “a man after His own heart”. Who is our audience? Who is it that we are trying to please in worship? It better be God. Is He pleased with our worship? I hope He is with mine. 

 I challenge you to seek the Lord in these expressions. Ask Him what He would have you do in your times of worship. Is your heart moved to dance before the Lord and yet you choose to sit? Are you moved to get on your face before the Lord and yet stand because you are afraid of what the person next to you will say? Remember worship is not about you, and it’s not about imitating your neighbor. It’s about letting the Lord lead you to worship Him in a manner that He desires and that we need. What benefit could we possibly gain from kneeling before the Lord? How about humility? What could be gained from shouting to the Lord? How about boldness to speak His name in public? What could we learn about lifting our hands to the Lord? How about submission to Him? James 4:6 tells us, “But He gives us more grace. That is why the scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” 

 Let us always seek to grow in our worship to the Lord. May we ever allow His spirit to move in us as He directs our actions and responses in worship. After all, it’s about Him and for Him. What we receive is a heart of humility, grace, and reverence before the God who saved us from sin to be His children forever.