Psalm 66:3-5 NKJV – In the midst of our worship, God moves

Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.  All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.

I don’t know if you have reason to believe like I believe that in the midst of worship, God manifests Himself.  When God appears in His awesome power, those things, the enemies of God (sickness, disease, conflict, unforgiveness, strife, heartache, fear, sorrow, pain, sin) have reason to fear Him and flea as they will be destroyed.  In the midst of worship, God moves.

Worship demonstrates our dependence upon God.  We are literally saying, “Only You Lord can take care of this.”  When we place our dependence on God, He bestows His precious gifts upon us.  Certainly the greatest gift is the gift of salvation through the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  God has a generous heart.  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7 NKJV)  Calling upon the name of the Lord is simply our cry of belief and dependence and that is what worship is all about.

When we worship the Lord, we are proclaiming that our love, our faith, our hope, our life is in His hands and that we are thankful that He loves us so much to care for us.  If we can believe that worship, just like prayer, is an active response to the grace God pours out upon us, then we can embrace praise and worship as God deserves.  “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” (Psalm 105:1 NKJV) 

And God will move.  God’s power is released through faith.  We can be confident that God responds to us when we worship Him.  “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7 NKJV)  The image of God as a shepherd points to His continual direction, guidance, and care of His people.  “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 NKJV) 

Scripture treats praise and worship as natural responses that we as believers have toward God for all He is and all He accomplishes in our lives.  The supreme reason for human existence is to worship God for His love towards us.  “So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 4:31 NKJV) 

Worship is turning to God in awe, praise and joy, as his people realize how wonderful He is. Prayer is a natural part of worship: to know God is to want to worship him and pray to him.

O God, how awesome are Your works.  Thank You God that in the midst of worship to You, You save us, You heal us, You deliver us, You restore us, You give us hope.  We cast our cares upon You, O God.  May our praise and our worship be pleasing to You.  Thank You, God, for Your great love, mercy, and grace.  In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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