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Worshipping While We Wait

Wow!  What a few weeks this has been!  It has taken me a week to breathe from the whirlwind of our current situation.  Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, I think I have settled into the idea that God is up to something big!  With all of the noise of opinions and information, it is so important we listen even closer to His still, small voice.  Worship can help us get our focus back. We need to worship while we are waiting.

Corporate worship is a blessing and privilege that we take for granted.  Our physical distance from each other is hard! But there are some great things happening.

  •  We are learning that the church is not a building.

  •  We are finding creative and resourceful ways of connecting with one another.

  •  Millions of people gathered online this past week to worship virtually.

  •  Our families are home together.

  •  Our schedules are clear.

These are exciting times!  These are also scary, anxious times.  So what does all of this have to do with worship?

Praise and worship gets our eyes off of our circumstances and situations, and sets our eyes on the ONE who is in control of literally everything.  There is alot of fear going around today. But we need to remember that faith and fear are not compatible. When we engage our thoughts and words about the greatness, goodness and faithfulness of God, fearful and negative thoughts and words cannot take root.  We need to wire our brains for worship, so our thought patterns will be set in worship-mode. Likewise, if we make space in our lives to consume scripture and the Word, our natural reaction to difficulties will be to praise Him, and to proclaim the promises of God.  

So back to worshipping while we are waiting…the reality is, we don’t know how long this is going to last.  Every day there are new projections and data. Potential dates are thrown around. Everyday there is more fear being sent out over every possible medium.  We need to be wise, we need to behave responsibly, we need to obey our leaders...but we do not need to be ruled by the spirit of this world because we belong to the Kingdom.  In the kingdom, in the presence of the Lord, there is constant praise happening around the throne 24/7. As Kingdom people we need to agree with Kingdom things! Even though we live here, in this world with it’s very real difficulties, in a fearful and anxious nation...we need to remember and act as Kingdom citizens.  We need to be ready at every opportunity to share the hope of the Kingdom, the hope of salvation through our King Jesus. But, we can’t do that if we are agreeing with fear! We can only do that if we are walking in faith. While we wait, we should be worshipping.  

How?

  1.  Worship not worry. 

                    As soon as you realize your thoughts are wandering to fears of sickness, finances, milestones being missed, etc., praise him!  Worship Him! Quote scripture, put on some worship music, sing a song or pray. Break the thought pattern with  worship. It will immediately elevate God above our thoughts and circumstances, and reinforces His eternal promises to us.  

                    “So do not fear, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  

  1.  Hope and not “just” wait. 

                     Waiting is passive, hope is active.  Waiting is passing the time. Hope is waiting with expectation..  Hope means we continue life, moving forward while we are waiting.    When you feel like you are stuck waiting, begin reciting the promises  of scripture.  Read Hebrews 11-13 about the great heroes of the faith who were full of hope. Staying in waiting mode paves the way for worry, but shifting into hope mode paves the way to victorious thinking.  

                     “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 

  1.  Be proactive, don’t procrastinate. 

                      Let’s be proactive in setting an environment for worship in our homes.  No matter where we are; in our homes, in our rooms, in our cars, out on a social distancing walk...be    proactive. Play worship music as the soundtrack to your life      and home. Get up in the morning and pray, put music on and read your bible.  Set the atmosphere intentionally before you start consuming the news or media. Build a playlist that will encourage your heart, and have it easily accessible.   

                      “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

The enemy hates it when we praise and worship.  He hates anything that proclaims the attributes of God.  He totally hates it when we choose to partner with the Kingdom, and not this world and its attitudes.  We need to remember that this “divine interruption” that Pastor James mentioned in his sermon, is divine.  It is of God and he has a plan in all of this. God is calling his church and our families to a time of sanctification and preparation.  We should be seeking him so that we can be a people who understand the times. We need to understand the path that the Lord has set before us.  Our personal and family worship will prepare our hearts to hear from the Lord. He has cleared our schedules, removed distractions, and placed us in our homes together for such a time as this.  

Worshipping while we are waiting will require some things of us.  It will require…

  • we lay our anger, disappointments, ideas, political views, opinions, information and ideas, need for control, and our need to be right... at His feet.  

  • surrendering our need for activity, entertainment, commerce and recreation. 

  • That we live day to day, minute by minute without any plan for our near future, yielding to the future God has for us.

No matter what setting we worship in, good times or bad, corporate or personal it is always about surrender.  His ways over ours. Period.  

Let’s worship every day while we are in this waiting period.  If you don’t have a worship playlist, or are looking for some new music, here is one of mine to get you started.   Hang in there church! Worship him! Encourage one another! The Lord be praised as the church rises! We are a part of church history, let’s remember which Kingdom we serve!  Love you all, and until next time worship him during the waiting!