Worship – Renewing Strength and Vitality
“And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” Deuteronomy 34:7
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Psalm 92:13-15
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
God does not issue retirement slips to us when we reach a certain physical age or when we choose to retire from our secular vocations. In fact, as His ambassadors we are called to our commission from the time we are born again until we leave this earth to be joined with Him in Heaven.
Certainly, as we mature our physical strengths may diminish but not nearly so much as we allow for because of societal tradition. We can be, and indeed the Word declares that we will be, fruitful even in old age. [Psalm 92:14] In our youth we have the power and the strength to run through a troop and leap over a wall or at least we act like we can. [Psalm18:29] And that is just here on earth.
Now, consider this, there is one thing from this life we will still be doing in Heaven besides being alive forever. We will be worshipping, and that means we will still be singing. When we worship together in song we are in a sense practicing for our eternal ministry of glorifying God with our music forever. When we sing in worship to God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ we are not alone. We join with all of Heaven in one magnificent chorus of dazzling praise resounding throughout the corridors and chambers of the throne of God. Our passionate worship of God pushes back the darkness and exposes the works of the devil to the all-consuming light of the Glory of God.
So, don’t undervalue your gift and calling to serve the kingdom with the voice God has given you. Share it with others. Let it join together with others of like heart and mind to serve God's eternal purpose, and let us together exalt His Holy name. O for a thousand tongues to sing our great Redeemer’s praise. Every voice is important and essential to the good of the whole. To whatever extent God has gifted you, add your sound to the chorus and see what God will do as He perfects that which concerns us.
“I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:1-8
Worship is God’s pathway of refreshing for His people. When we come into His presence in worship we enter into the realm of His glory. That glory is filled with His power and worship allows us to tap into that power at a dynamic level. The more passionately and ardently we worship the more of that power is made available to us for refreshing, for renewing, for healing, for faith to believe and receive, for joy, for comfort, for life and that more abundantly. If you’ve ever been in a service of worship where the manifestation of the Spirit of God is evident then you know how rich and empowering that can be.
It’s not something you can muster up by emotionalism or bring about by manipulation or forcing the will of God to bend to our desires, and it does not manifest where the hearts of those worshipping are not engaged in the pursuit of it. But when men and women yield themselves to worship with all their hearts, mighty things happen and lives are transformed by the power of God.
Though we do not initiate the manifestations of God’s presence we can choose to enter into them. The invitation and the entrance are made open for us by the Spirit of the Lord. Our part is to be willing to enter in by the way of our unrestrained, free expressions of love for God the Father by our songs, our words, our hands, our feet, our minds, our hearts, by all that we have and are of our lives yielded and surrendered to Him in thanksgiving, adoration and praise.
When we are weary from the labors of life and we’re burdened with cares for loved ones, family and friends, we have at our disposal a resource for laying down those cares at the feet of a loving Savior who cares for us and loves us and is more invested in the lives of those we care for than we could ever be. So, we can trust them to Him.
Worship brings us into closer communion with the Father and we become the greater beneficiaries of what we freely and joyfully offer up to Him in our songs, our words, our witness and our obedience. The renewing power of worship refuels us for the tasks ahead and for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose in our lives and every age and every season of life.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
When we are struggling or overburdened with cares the natural tendency is to reach for the analgesic, the Tylenol or Aleve or something we think will buffer our pain and bring us peace. In the worse cases people turn to drugs, alcohol or obsessions and indulgencies that only serve to wound them more rather than to heal. But worship not only heals us for the present moment, it equips and prepares us for life, for all our life, for rest, for continual refreshing and peace.