In part one of ‘The Art of Worship,' we spoke about Our Time for Worship. We discussed how, we as believers ought not to limit our time for worship to just an occasional Sunday morning, nor once in a blue moon praise, but to become worship by embodying Jesus, with our whole being.
In this post, we are discussing Our Place of Worship.
Ordinarily, when we think about a place of worship, we head straight to the four walls of a church or a building. While in a natural perspective, that might be correct, however, our actual place of worship is so much more than that. Though our church buildings are essential, what's even more imperative is the beat that fuses and brings the church together. Souls bearing the heart of Jesus.
Because Jesus inhabits the praises of His people, the very thing that He’s
after is the origin of worship. Numerous times the Bible instructs us concerning the matters of such. In Jeremiah, the Lord tells us that our heart is deceitfully wicked. In Proverbs, the Lord sends out a mandate to guard our heart, all while trusting Him with our heart. In Matthew, it shows that God is after a pure heart He says, "blessed are the pure heart, for they will see God." It's important to know and understand that God is after the very contents of what we're hiding within the depths of our soul. He tells us that He is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit.
At times, it’s easy to become consumed and overwhelmed with the issues of life, to the point that we neglect to tend to our place of worship - our heart. Frequently, we’re ashamed and may even believe that Jesus is not concerned about our ‘now’ thoughts nor our ‘past’ moments, but He is. Because God knows that what we speak and meditate on, is first formed within our hearts – He’s after it! We must come to the place where we’re not condemning ourselves nor being negligent, but rather going to the Savior for a good cleaning. The very essence of worship is just that.
As we pour out to the Lord in worship, we are literally pouring out to the Lord, in return He cleanses us Isaiah 61:3. As I mentioned in part one, I was once confused when I saw others wailing in the spirit. However, they were getting the deep cleaning that's needed for their soul. At times, it might seem as if it's intense warfare, pain, and even shameful. However, in order, for Christ to reside within the depth of our soul - our hearts, we must allow our praises to come forth and allow Him to tend to the very space that He desires to occupy.
As you understand that your place of worship must be hospitable, for it’s the place where The Savior reside, then you’ll begin to tend to those issues concerning your heart. As you evaluate, you may even notice that the very thing you once held onto such as; fear, shame, pride, and doubt are the very things that’s connected to the root that has created a barrier in your life. You must understand that Jesus is after those buried roots. As you pour out in worship, Jesus is literally taking inventory of the contents of your soul. You must be willing to be vulnerable before the Lord and allow Him to reside in that place of worship.
My prayer for you is that, no longer will you be consumed with the contents of your heart, but rather release them into the hands of Abba. Allow Him to take inventory of your heart. As the soul that is bearing the heart of Jesus, God cares about what you are carrying, He desires to tend to your depths. As you enter that place of worship, I challenge you to pour out everything that has held you hostage. Release it to Him, allow Him to cleanse your soul. Allow Him to trade your ashes for His beauty. Allow Him to enter your heart as you enter that place of worship….
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