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Reach Up, Reach In, Reach Out Pt2


 “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.” (2 Samuel 6:14 & 15, NKJV).

  When we talk about worship, we might refer to the total scope of our focus on the Lord, which is certainly one definition: the reading of the Word, times dedicated to praise, giving, serving others, etc.  But in this context, I would like to address worship as that moment in our everyday lives we are privileged to come into the presence of the Lord; to spend time with Him, to sense His presence and hear His voice.

  David knew something about this.  “And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all the young men here?’ Then he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.’ ” (1 Samuel 16:11, NKJV). It is one thing to praise the Lord when things are going your way, but David had learned to praise the Lord when he was being overlooked as the next potential heir to the throne.  

  David practiced the presence of the Lord – that’s what I call it – practicing His presence.  You can always call upon Him, you can always lift your hands and turn your affection toward Him and He is always ready to meet you.  Imagine what life would be like if, when faced with a troubling situation; rather than taking a pill, or plunging into depression, you focused your affection on Jesus.  He paid the price for your every trouble and He is available to set right your every wrong.

  The primary definition of worship in the Greek language is “proskynéō” meaning “to kiss toward” someone, such as a deity or to kiss the ground in worship before a deity.  A more thorough description is when kissing someone, you are completely focused on their face, without distraction – nose-to-nose as it were.  I believe this is the type of relationship God is looking for in each of us.

  Worship is intimacy with God.  It is out of intimacy that everything else in a relationship flows.  If a relationship is struggling, and communication is difficult, the flow of blessing and benefits is frustrated.  

  Worship releases comfort.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation…” (2 Corinthians 1:3, NKJV).  You may have to worship and pray for a period of time to sense the flow of God’s comfort over your life, but if you remain committed, it will come.

  Worship releases spiritual authority.  In fact, few things are as powerful as lifting joyful praise to God.  The devil is absolutely terrified of this.  This is why he fights so hard to distract us from time with God.  When we actively worship the Lord, we exert spiritual authority, which in turn releases kingdom power.  

  God made you to overcome, in the name of Jesus.  Whatever you may be facing today, God has all the power you need, but you must release that power with your faith.  One of the best ways is to stop everything and begin to worship the Lord.

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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