Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
This morning I watched a video on GodTube; a little baby no more than 10 months, sleeping in his carrier seat in the car. As the family is driving, music is playing in the background but suddenly the song changes and this little baby awakens from his deep sleep and begins to "dance". Every member of his body, moving; both legs, arms, his head rocking back and forth; if he could escaped the seat belts, this little boy would have been spinning and enjoying every moment, free and filled with joy!
I love to worship and I love to sing. When my focus is on God; when my words that I express point to the Lord; when my every member is engaged to bring God praise, when I am striving to connect, please and encounter him--he makes his presence known to me!
When the seat I sit in, while reading the Word of God is somehow transformed and I get a sense that the seat is no longer holding me; somehow I feel like I can fly, something has happened! When the song that we sing somehow penetrates deep inside no longer controlled by the tongue that articulates it, oh....somehow I have engaged with something bigger that me, the words of the song no longer fully describe what is occurring or who I am singing to. He has made his presence known to me.
The God of all creation is allowing me to commune with him. My spirit is engaged and nothing compares to this overwhelming feeling, emotions and even tears as they stream down my face. Their is a sense of bravery, a courage that rises and somehow I feel invincible; I can dream and even believe that which God is leading me to do; more than a conqueror the Word of God says. Worship a weapon for the believer; a tool that we can wield that causes every evil spirit to fall at the presence of God Almighty; now that is worship and like the little boy in the seat, I hear my Father in Heaven; no longer do I want to be restrained by any fear, discouragement; death is not a threat to me; the only famine I dread is not to be in his presence.
I don't want to be separated from Him; the joy that fills my soul--well he is the only one that can do that! He has somehow, even in the few moments, in that time frame, I have been deeply changed and moved once again. It's an experience I want to have everyday. I don't want it diluted, I don't want it to be altered or distorted, I want to stay in his presence! I will not yield to the flesh that leads to death, but to the Spirit that has brought me into life! When words are not sufficient; when expressing what has filled you and surrounds you can't be communicated; well, it's a place that's not mapped here on this earth! I have encountered something beautiful that words can't even communicate. As a new songs begins to rise and words become limited, we pray, we sing, with wordless groans the Bible says (Romans 8). Yes that's true and beautiful!!!
Try and contain me, try and restrain me, YOU CAN'T! It's a mighty rushing river moving through me. The small barriers of life can't dam this flow. Satan will try and build a wall; use mortar and bricks made of fear, guilt, unworthiness, feelings of incompetence, try to silence my tongue that sings, but he can't!
There is a song that is heard on earth; in the airwaves, the prince of the air sings it! He is in charge of keeping us from God. He does not like us, actually he envies us and would like to kill us!
My Father loves me; has demonstrated it to me even as I now sing my song to him. Nothing can separate us--for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (v 38).
We are part of the redemptive plan that God has put in place; sending his son Jesus to redeems us back to life, to himself; a state where our soul is "awaken to sing" !
See, once your life has been redeemed you can't help but sing! It's a yearning like a deer panting for water ( Psalm 42) At night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life (vs 8).
Sing, sing, sing! Let your worship rise up to our God in Heaven...then welcome his presence; the King has arrived!