Saturday, December 17, 2016

Worship in Silence

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Zechariah 2:9-13 GW
(9)  I'm going to shake my fist at the nations, and their own slaves will loot them. Then you will know that the LORD of Armies has sent me.
(10)  Sing for joy and rejoice, people of Zion. I'm going to come and live among you, declares the LORD.
(11)  On that day many nations will join the LORD and become my people. I will live among you. Then you will know that the LORD of Armies has sent me to you.
(12)  The LORD will claim Judah as his own in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
(13)  "Everyone be silent in the presence of the LORD. He is waking up and setting out from his holy dwelling place."

One day the Lord will fully restore Israel. It will be the center of all of His glory reaching out to the whole earth. He will avenge all who have hurt his children and will bring all his people together in one place. The Lord has claimed Judah as his own and will choose Jerusalem as it's capital. In this passage of scripture, it talks about when the Lord will stand in the midst of his people. Then a great silence comes on all of His people as his presence is made known. 

Silence is a type of worship to the living God. Sometimes we forget this truth. We sing songs continuously in order to make our flesh feel better but forget to listen to Holy Spirit. Sometimes Holy Spirit is telling us to be quiet and absorb the essence of our God. Sometimes God is not found in the Noise but in the Silence.

Several years ago, I was in a church service in another nation. The worship team was very gifted and were doing a great job in leading the congregation. We worshiped about 30 to 40 minutes. In my spirit, I felt the worship service going down the same normal path. ( We sing a few praise songs then finish with a few slow worship songs.) Holy Spirit challenged me to get the microphone from the worship leader and tell everyone to be quiet. I obeyed and grabbed the micro- phone. I shared my thoughts and the church got quiet. We stood in silence for about 20 to 30 minutes then the unimaginable happened. All 150 plus congregational members fell to their knees.I remember opening my eyes to see everyone one their knees and crying out to the living God. It was the most amazing thing I ever saw. I feel to my knees right after and was made humbled. We had been strongly visited by God's presence and in our obedient silence; he made his presence known. Many testimonies appeared right after the service that night. God healed some, spoke to some about their future, and strongly encouraged others. The number one consistent testimony was that they all experience God in a new way. Up to that point, including me, no one had ever experienced God in the silence. It was truly amazing.

What if we just stood silent in our gatherings with God? Could we be patient enough to wait for 30 minutes or more? What if our whole worship service was in total silence and God showed up mightily? Can we shut up long enough? Can we be quiet long enough? Can we back away long enough and let God take center stage for once in our gatherings?

This was the problem in the church service I was at. Everyone was familiar with throwing praise and worship songs at God. No one had fully experienced the simple worshiping of God with Him and within Him. You read right. Worshiping God within His presence. It is an amazing accomplishment!!! God desires to visit his people in a fresh and renewed way. That is why our Savior left Holy Spirit for us. Holy Spirit is our connector to the daily worship in Heaven. There is silence, at times, around the throne room of God. There should be silence in our gatherings too. We only need to obey and be more sensitive to Holy Spirit. 

The Challenge is set! Learn to be Silent!!!