Jn.4:23,24 – But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Worship is a huge part of our Christian life. To the lost person, worship is just a style of singing. It could be called gospel music, Jesus rock, our spiritual music. To the awakened person it is not a style but a joy or passion that flows from a glimpse of the greatness of our God. Worshippers are vessels that God uses to change our world. The Lord is looking for worshippers to work through.
King David was one of those worshippers. David was known for his worship and caused quite a stir with his dancing in worship in the streets of Jerusalem. 2 Sam.6:14,15 – ‘Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet’.
Worship was first of all, pure pleasure for David. He had glimpsed the beauty of the Lord and worshipping with the dance was his response. His unashamed worship effected others. Some hated him (his wife for example) because of his worship. Others joined in and found God’s love for themselves.
Paul was another of God’s worshippers. We find Paul worshipping in the most unusual situation. Acts 16:25 – “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”
He had been beaten and tied up hand and feet. He began to sing songs of worship in the darkness of that jail cell. God came down and broke the chains of darkness. You worship the Lord and your chains will be broken too.
Another worshipper was King Jehoshaphat. He was facing insurmountable odds when Israel was attacked by some of their enemies. Jehoshaphat did not have an army capable of defeating this enemy. What did he do ? He sent out the worshippers. 2 Chron.20:21 – ‘And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever”.’
Not only were the enemies scattered in defeat before the singers, they left an incredible amount of wealth behind. You may be facing overwhelming financial challenges. When you don’t see a way out, maybe its time to worship. You will be shocked when the Lord comes on the scene, defeats your enemies, and supplies above your wildest expectations.