Worship is one of my favorite Kingdom weapons that we have. Ever since I was a little girl, it’s been one of the ways that I’ve connected with the Lord the most. Anytime I wanted to feel His nearness or feel His presence tangibly, I could just turn to Him in worship and just turn my heart and affection towards the Lord.
I know Bill Johnson talks about that a lot; about turning our affection to the Lord. And it’s such a quick way to access His love and feel His presence. And worship is something that has helped me through highs and lows, all sorts of different seasons. And it’s something that Jesus is so worthy of. I can just look at the cross. I can look at the breakthroughs in my life. Even today, I was driving around and was just filled with thankfulness to the Lord for the different things that He’s done, and even the little things that I have. Worship is something that is an overflow of our love for Jesus and what He’s done, and the Father and who He is and what He’s done in sending in Jesus to be there and save us and bring us new life, eternal life, to give us a brand new start.
I love that we have the hope of eternity before us. I’ve had a couple friends and loved ones pass away in the past season, and worship has been a way that I’ve been able to process that. And I’m sure there’s many people watching, too, who have experienced loss. Maybe you’ve experienced situations that you didn’t expect. And something that was so beautiful is, I was coming before the Lord. One of my best friends recently passed away during Covid. And it was totally unexpected. I didn’t see it coming and I was just in my room, spending time with God. I didn’t want to go anywhere. And I was finding myself in this place, worshiping Jesus and just going, “God, I know you’re good in this. I don’t understand. We planned, you know, weddings that we were going to be in together and all these things we were going to do for you, God, together.” And she had such destiny on her life and I didn’t fully understand.
And I remember worshiping, just sitting before the Lord and letting Him meet me in that place, letting the Holy Spirit comfort as He does. And I remember all of a sudden as I walked downstairs to finally eat for the day, I had this vision drop, because I’d been spending this time with the Lord. I was just in this place of, “What are you saying, Lord? What are you doing?” And this picture, this vision, dropped in my mind and I saw my friend who had passed away. Well, first I saw my grandmother who’s in heaven. She’s been there for quite some time now. And she looked so beautiful and young and she had her arms out like this. And then I saw my grandpa standing behind her and he looked so young as well. They’d both already gone to heaven. And then in the vision, it panned around and I saw my friend Paula, and she looked so beautiful and she was being welcomed by my grandmother and my grandpa, whom she had met before.
But I just thought it was so beautiful, because in these times of worship, whether we worship through highs or lows, God wants to meet us in that place. It’s in this instant place of connection that we can have with the Lord where He meets us, He talks to us, His presence fills us. But most of all, it’s a two-way encounter. Yes, we’re worshiping the Lord because of everything that He’s done for us. We’re worshiping Him because of who He’s been to us. And we worship Him out of the overflow of our love and our gratitude and just how amazing He is, and what an honor it is to know Him and have Him in our lives.
You know, there’s just so many reasons why we could worship God, but what’s so beautiful is that it’s a two-way encounter and you can never out-give God. And as you pour out your love and affection to Him for everything He’s done and redeemed us of; the cross, and then thereafter, it’s so beautiful because He’s constantly pouring out, and He’s wanting that connection, and He’s reaching out to us, and we love Him because He first loved us.
And so, I want to encourage you today, if there’s anything that you’ve been going through that maybe was hard and you haven’t known how to process it, or maybe something happened that you couldn’t quite understand why that happened. I want encourage you to come before the Lord in worship and to get in His presence, because it’s a weapon of warfare to be able to have perspective, to see what God says about your situation. That’s the truth. If you can find a word from the Lord about what you went through, no matter how hard it was, if you can just find what God says over that, the way that God can redeem that, it’ll change everything. It’ll give you that fresh hope to move forward.
After I had that encounter with the Lord and I saw my best friend up there in heaven, I knew it was the Lord, because I wasn’t even thinking about my grandma or my grandpa, or anything. And it was right after I’d come out of this time of worship with the Lord and just to see her being welcomed into heaven, it was beautiful to see the Lord say, “I’ve got this, I’ve redeemed this, she’s safe with me.”
And so whatever it may be that has been something that’s been hard for you to process in your life, I encourage you to get before the Lord, get in worship, get in His presence, seek His face, and let Him speak over that. Let Him comfort your heart and speak truth over what it is that happened and how He’s redeemed that for you.
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