This weekend saw one of the twice-yearly gatherings of those in the wider leadership of our church, sharing food, fellowship, worship and learning, renewing our collective vision and our individual and corporate commitment to serve the part of the Body which we call home.
Even before the first strum of his guitar, the worship leader could sense – and drew our attention to – the tangible presence of God that was evident in the building.
We had come expectant – and God got there ahead of us!
The teaching, the prayer and the commitment that came out of that weekend meant that we entered church on Sunday with our faith levels high and doubt turned down.
Again, God was there ahead of us.
The corporate worship at the beginning of the service just exploded. It was indescribable.
One of the songs that we sung was “Praises (Be Lifted High)” by Bethel – which we had also sung the day before. On both days whilst we were singing it was one of those miraculous times where there were more voices than the number of people present, as we were privileged to hear the sound of the angels joining in. This morning it was the same. The strength of the singing rose, the clarity of the words increased, the whole tenor and tone of the voices changed.
We moved on to “King of My Heart” (by John Mark McMillan) and it continued.
It was truly breathtaking.
As my spirit soared in response, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me, explaining why it was happening.
When we lose ourselves fully, utterly, in abandonment, beyond our “understanding”, letting our spirit move freely in unison with His, we will always, always feel the most alive, the most free, the most US that we will ever feel.
Because we are His. We are made in the image of God. We are His creation. Our very DNA is imprinted with who He is. Good. Worthy. Holy. Unchanging. Deserving of our praise. Always.
Nothing will ever make you feel as whole or as complete like that moment of true worship, being so much more than a song but an attitude, an expression, a declaration.
Furthermore, in that moment of worship not only are we in true union with our Creator, but we also join with the heavenly hosts.
Revelation teaches us that the angels worship Him day and night. They were created for that purpose. Day and night they are lifting His Name higher than any other name. Day and night they are declaring Who He Is.
When we are do the same, we join in with heaven’s continuous song. If you truly listen with your spiritual “ears” you will hear your voice join in with those of the heavenly hosts.
During Saturday’s teaching, Neil Young (from Causeway Coast Vineyard, Coleraine) had taught us how understanding our IDENTITY leads into understanding our AUTHORITY which in turn brings CLARITY. Today we moved into a deeper revelation of His Identity that led our hearts and spirits to respond in delight, as we moved into a fuller revelation of our own identity – as children of the living God.
I am so excited and so expectant to see how that revelation moves the church, moves me, into a greater understanding of our authority, and I am sure I cannot even begin to imagine where that will lead us in terms of clarity of purpose and calling.
There was a Word that I received for someone else during Saturday which, whilst it wasn’t given for me, has certainly blessed me and challenged me:
The walls of Jericho came down with the blowing of trumpets and the raising of voices – IN UNISON. When we are united in purpose, in word and in deed, then strongholds will come down.
That is what God is asking of us, and it is going to be an exhilarating – if bumpy – journey as we pursue that.