PRAISE THAT PLEASES
Rev. 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
In today’s verse we see a glimpse of the worship taking place in heaven. This kind of worship is tasted when God pours out His Spirit on the earth. We taste the edge of this today as we enjoy the outpourings of His presence, especially as we gather together with His church in our corporate worship services. In the time of David’s reign he pitched a tent on Mount Zion that contained the ark of the covenant. David appointed musicians and singers to worship the Lord continually in this tent. What else could they do? God was there in His manifest presence. What else can we do? The Lord is in our midst, we have to worship Him continually. Graham Truscott spoke of this continual worship in his book, “The Power of His Presence”. Here is an excerpt from his book.
“How did the people bring the Presence of God to the Tabernacle of David? What did they do?
They lifted up their voices.
They sang with all their might.
Some sang high piercing notes.
Other sang deep and low.
There was dancing before the Lord.
They blew loud-sounding trumpets.
They clashed cymbals of brass.
They strummed guitars.
They shouted the high praises of God.
They rejoiced greatly before the Lord.”
Sounds like church to me!! One of the points that Truscott brought out in his book is this, the tabernacle of Moses was characterized by almost silent worship. It was formal and restrained. It was governed by the law. After the cross and the resurrection, we entered into a new season. How can we be restrained in our worship in light of what Christ has done for us? He has cleared away all the judgement against us. He has forgiven our sins. He has borne the curse of poverty at the cross. He has healed us of our diseases by His stripes. He has defeated death once and for all. He is seated at the right hand of the Father as my representative, always there making intercession for me. How can I remain silent, how can we not all break out in singing and dancing continually before our Lord?
As James prophesied in in discourse in Acts 15, the Lord is rebuilding His house which is fallen down, He is restoring His church to its former power and Glory. He is rebuilding the Tabernacle of David in these last days as a sign and wonder to this dark and perverse generation. Many of our churches today are just structures, beautiful buildings providing all types of good services for our communities without the manifest power of His presence. The Lord has promised before He returns to restore His church to its former glory. What will that look like? I’m not sure about everything but this one thing I know. A major part of this move of the Spirit will be characterized by worship, unrestrained worship and dancing before the Lord. Let everything and everyone who has breath give praise to the Lord.