“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalm 95:1-2.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהחם) says:
Why do you worry? Why not worship instead? Occupy. Your mind must always be occupied so give it direction. Direct your mind to worship when it would worry. You must occupy your land, in other words exercise control over your mind, will and emotions, over your soul and your body by your spirit. A strong spirit can get you victoriously through any challenge, trial, or storm but a weak, depressed spirit dries up the bones. And the key to a strong spirit that occupies instead of being usurped by the unruly flesh is worship.
Today’s Life Lesson in living days of Heaven on earth is “Worship, a beatiful place to be.” Worship is a continual flow of seeing and knowing and to be in that heavenly flow you have to become skillful in worship instead of the default of worry upon the earth. Worry is actually worship of the devil and he dwells there. I dwell in praises of My people. You can have Heaven on earth or hell on earth by what you direct your mind to occupy itself with. But this takes awareness and diligence.
Lift up your eyes to the place you want to be from where you are and sing in praise of that blessed place and you will find it is already yours. It has pleased Me to give you the Kingdom. And that is worship. Set Me continually before you, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11.
“The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.’” Genesis13:14-15.
When Hagar sat crying and depressed thinking she and Ishmael would die of no water, I called out to her from Heaven by My angel, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.” Genesis 21:17-19.
Worship takes you the divine place of seeing and knowing as I do. Lift up your eyes and see your inheritance and you will see that it is beautiful. Put your mind above, not below, where I have seated you already with Christ at My right hand. Magnify Me by worship and stop magnifying your problem by worry. Looking through a magnifying glass makes whatever you are looking at bigger than everything around it.
“The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.” Psalm 16:5-6.
In worship I lead you to the Rock that is higher than you. “From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy.” Psalm 61:2-3.
“I waited, waited for the LORD; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3.
Worship is to be at rest. Worry is to be oppressed. You choose. You can lie in bed at night and worship and sing in the spirit and with your understanding as Paul and Silas did chained to the floor in the inner prison cell in Philippi and watch divine intervention lift off the chains of anxiety and open the doors of your prison of depression and fear or you can worry about your problem and stayed chained and trapped and go even deeper into anxiety and fear.
“Let the godly ones exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Psalm 149:5-6. Here is worship in spirit and in truth. From your heart by faith, even when no one else sees you on your bed at night, and in truth by the Word. Always take My Word with you to worship, to prayer. For it is by My Word that I work. My Word is living and working, sharper than a two edged sword.
“Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation (Yeshuah).” Psalm 149:3-4. Worship makes you and your life beautiful. Worry, fear and complaining made you and your life ugly and wretched.
You can worship anywhere, not just in a free and beautiful space. But worship will turn it into a beautiful place. Worship creates beauty, a garden of Eden that starts in your heart as a secret garden enclosed, but it does not stay there. Refreshing starts inside but it moves out to your body and then further. It pulls in the whole territory like it did in the prison in Philippi—it brought in all the prisoners who were set free but did not leave and the jailer and his family as well. Worship took Manasseh out of a dark prison cell back to the throne he had lost through sin in Jerusalem.
Worship puts you in a place of authority over your body, your finances, your life, and over Satan. It raises you above and puts Satan under your feet.
When you receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness you reign in life through Christ Jesus. Romans 5:17. How do you receive those precious treasures? Not by worry but by worship at My throne of grace. Cast your cares upon Me with thanksgiving for answers and miracles and that is worship. “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among believers; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5:3-4. “It is good to give you thanks, O LORD, to sing praises to your Name, each evening tells of your faithfulness, each morning Your love does proclaim.”
If you want to have your life filled with the flow of Heaven where there is healing, prosperity, and blessing then I tell you there is only one way to enter the gates and come into the courts. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” Psalm 100:4. “O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalm 95:1-2. And where does this lead you? To worship in the Holy of Holies. “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. Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Psalm 95:6-8.
The word “worship” in Hebrew means to bow down. And you will see My people, when the glory came to fill the temple or the dwelling place, would fall down in worship. And when they believed a prophecy of coming good they would fall down in worship and thank Me with loud voice and songs even before they saw it manifest. But that worship brought it in the miracle they believed for. Remember Jehoshaphat and the three enemy armies coming to destroy his kingdom? At first he feared but he stopped the fear and called all the people to the temple to pray and cast the care on Me, and I raised up a prophet to tell them I would fight the battle for them they only needed to go out with Me to face the enemy and they would win. It seemed impossible for the enemy far outnumbered them and had more weapons, but when they heard My Word of victory they threw themselves down in worship and did not cease praising Me with loud voice, joyful songs, and musical instruments. And they had their miracle that saved them all and gave them lots of valuable spoil left by the enemy. They came out better for the battle than before the trial began all by worship. When they worshipped they left the place of anxious fear and entered My rest. Worship is a place of entering My rest. The place of grace in which you now stand.
Worship creates a flow between Heaven and earth that nothing can break. Worship brings the anointing down and fills your cup to overflowing. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:5-6. Let Me fill your blessing cup. “What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits towards me? I shall lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD.” Psalm 116:12-13. Worship turns you into a vessel of honor that I can freely pour My blessings into.
You see the opposite with My people that I redeemed from slavery, in the face of what looked impossible to them they did not believe My prophet Moses but worried rather than worshipping. They did not sing with joy on their beds but lamented and cried the entire night. And the result? They stayed in he wilderness wandering around and never had the abundance I wanted to give them. This should help you in your own life to decide when trouble hits whether you will choose to worry or to worship.
I love you. Never forget this lesson, you will need it if you want to live a life of Heaven on earth. Worship is the key to Heaven’s flow because that is the atmosphere of Heaven. Why? Prayer is the unceasing flow of hearts where you and I walk together in openness of heart to who the other one is. WORSHIP IS A CONTINUOUS FLOW OF LOVE AND HONOR BETWEEN YOU AND ME WHERE EACH VALUES THE OTHER AND EACH FINDS THE OTHER PRECIOUS. You are precious in My eyes and I love you. Do you feel that way about Me? Until you do, worship will not be easy for you. In worship you are celebrating My goodness and giving it entrance to flow into your life.