Learning to Soar in Worship – Day 128

Young worshippers are like immature eaglets: they do not yet know how to fly. Young eaglets are not able to catch the wind and use their wings. They are content to live in their nests and be fed by their mother––and yet their calling is much greater. The mother knows this and at the appropriate time she stirs the eaglets out of their nest, forcing them to use their wings. When they fail she catches the young birds and gives them another chance. This process goes on until the young eagles can use their wings and ride the wind. The young mother may even withhold food from them so that they are compelled to seek their own food.

In contrast, mature worshippers are able to soar like eagles in worship. “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like an eagle…” (Isa. 40:31). Worshippers like this have no problem lifting up their voice, praising God, singing in the Spirit and raising their hands. They know absolute freedom in worship and it is not a contrived thing. Like eagles they are able to ride the subtlest of winds, moving without exerting much effort. Worship comes effortlessly and when the call to worship goes forth they immediately find themselves “lost” in the Spirit. They receive fresh revelation from God and prophetic praise flows from their lips. As they fly they find themselves strengthened in God. Mature worshippers find it hard to land, they desire to stay in the heights with God.

A quick scan of the church reveals that these worshippers are rare. Many find times of worship drudgery. Some like Saul may enjoy the Davidic style of music, but they can only prophesy in David’s presence. When they are not in an anointed atmosphere evil spirits torment them. Mature worshippers worship in Spirit and in truth, they do so in corporate gatherings as well as when no one sees. While in the assembly they are not ashamed to “let loose.” When in private they are not weighed down with demonic oppression––they worship God freely.

It is critical that our churches recover the freedom that David displayed in worship. Just as a bird’s home is in the sky, David’s home was in worship. When in worship, David felt most comfortable. At times he may have felt weighed down emotionally, unable to soar, but he poured out his heart to the Lord, casting his cares on God, and soon found he was flying again. Almost all of David’s laments end in exuberant praise. Why? Because David’s laments had a purpose: David was unloading his heaviness so he could be “light” enough to soar with God.

When our churches become Davidic they will become houses of freedom. Young worshippers will learn to fly as they watch others praise God in the Spirit. The atmosphere of heart-felt worship (rather than performance) will create an uplift helping the younger ones to express their spirits to God. In such places worship is a delight rather than a mere duty.

Prayer: Father, make me into a mature worshipper who can soar in the Spirit. I cast every care and worry on you; every sin that is weighing me down I let go of. Let me know the freedom of a true worshipper, in Jesus’ name.

Published by: ggerhauser

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. In 1999 I migrated to Australia, married my beautiful wife, Anna, and we planted a church and Bible School. We are now the proud parents of four children ranging in age from five to eighteen. We are still pastoring the same beautiful church, Church on the Park, in the the heart of Brisbane, Australia (www.brisbanefire.com). We also continue to teach our awesome students at Holy Fire Ministry Training School (www.holyfireschool.com). I love to write and encourage God's people. And something that many people don't know, I'm a DJ as well (aka DJ SOL Vibes).

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2 thoughts on “Learning to Soar in Worship – Day 128”

  1. Worship is a proper response to God’s self-revelation.

    But you’re not talking about worship in general. You’re talking about corporate worship, which is important, but is one little snapshot of what the rest of our lives should be.

    Because worship has to be response to what God has revealed about Godself, I would say the most mature worshipers (corporate or general) are those who know God, and by that I mean they know God’s self-revelation, and are responding with their hearts and minds. Worship can be during music or creeds or Scripture reading or preaching. It can look excited or it can look still and solemn.

    As far as music goes, according to this paradigm of worship as response, the best songs are those that are deep and concrete in discussion of God’s attributes, characteristic, and work in human history.

    One can do this in many different ways. It is certainly short-sighted to suggest that those who are the most mature and authentic worshipers are those who are singing and look “spiritual” to the rest of us.

    Blessings,

    http://togodpraiseandglory.wordpress.com/

    1. Hi Jonathan, thank you for the time you took to respond to this post. Amen to you that worship is a proper response to God’s revelation. And you’re right, as we grow in our knowledge of God we grow mature.

      Worship does not have to be demonstrative. It can be quiet and silent. And worship is not just singing – it encompasses every area of life. May I worship even as I write to you.

      If the last part of what you wrote is a critique (I’m not sure if it is), I want to make clear that in no way do I believe that mature and authentic worshippers are those who are singing and look spiritual, since we know that Isaiah tells us “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” (Isa. 29:13). True worship comes from a pure heart and is offered to God by the Spirit.

      I know you realize that. My short blog is only a very small snapshot of the awesome subject of worship – and you are a very discerning mind. The short excerpt can only be understood in the context of the whole book that I am posting on Genesis 1:1-2:4. Right now, our exploration is on day five of creation (when God created the fish, sea creatures and birds). We are using birds as an analogy of worship and Isaiah 40:29-31 is an inspiration for that.

      To God be the glory, Glen

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