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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Presence of God

Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away, So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
(Psalms 68:1-4 NKJV)

David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the horn [shofar], with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music [leaping and whirling before the LORD]; and she despised him in her heart. (1 Chronicles 15:27-29 NKJV, amplified)

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16 NKJV)

When the presence of God in His Holy Spirit enters the person who worships Jesus Christ as Lord and God, the worship will look as unique as the individual. We may be compelled to dance. Or to put face on the ground. Or to shout and clap. Or to use whatever instrument we play, including electric keyboard, whether connected to an amplifier or blog or unpublished .docx file.

Whether or not witnessed by others and understood by them, our worship is before the Lord. He alone determines the worship quality, and God does not judge it by outward appearance—as man does—but by the heart.

One day, every tribe and tongue will worship together with diversity before the presence of God as He enters Jerusalem, His bride. In the meantime, God is drawn to the fragrance of His own Son, present in those who worship in spirit and truth, and He is enthroned in our praise.

Oh Lord our God, You put in our hearts a love song birthed of gratitude that defies full expression within the limits of earth. Reign in us. Even if we flinch with the burning, please fill us with Your Holy fire, to make our hearts and our worship pure and pleasing to You.

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