God Dwells In The Praises of His People
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (kjv) Psalm 22:3
I just finished reading an article on Christian Praise and how it affects non-Christians. It bought back fond memories of when I first attended a Pentecostal Church.
Being bought up in a mainline church in the Montreal area of Canada I was used to singing hymns and nice little songs like “Jesus Loves Me”. This kept me on track when I was a little girl, but when I grew up and came back to God, my relationship with Him was completely different. He was no longer a God somewhere up there in the sky who was watching to see if I was naughty or nice (Kind of like a glorified Santa Claus). This time it was different!
I could feel the presence of Jesus in my life and I knew something inside of me had changed. I decided it was time to go back to church. Sadly, what I found in church was not what I was experiencing in my own one on one time spent with God.
I started to think perhaps I was strange, perhaps I was overly emotional, perhaps, I was somehow wrong. Those around me didn’t get all excited about Jesus like I did. What was wrong with me?
I still continued to go to church as I knew this is what God wanted of me, and I loved learning more and more about the Lord every chance I could get.
Later, I met my husband to be and he was a Pentecostal. He told me about the Pentecostal church and I thought to my self….This sounds very strange to me…I was very leery on going but he finally convinced me to go to a meeting with him and I was totally surprised.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that mainline church goers are not true worshipers or have no feelings, or that Pentecostals are the only true believers or whatever. I am simply stating that the two churches I had attended were as different as night and day.
That night that I attended the church with my future husband, was a turning point in my life. I realized as I stood there praising God with those around me that there was a presence that I had never felt in a church before. Yes, I had experienced this presence in my own prayer life, but never in a congregation. It was like I was finally home. Finally, I could feel the presence of God amongst those who were worshiping. It was like heaven had come down and the glory of God had filled that auditorium that night.
Since becoming a Christian Worship Leader it has always been my goal to lead those in the congregation to the place where they too can feel the presence of God in the midst of them.
It is only in the presence of our awesome God that people can know, without the shadow of a doubt, that they are in the presence of God.
As Worship Leaders we are like the doorkeepers to the very presence of God. We must lead them gently from the outer courts into the Holy of Holies where they can sense God and the beauty of His Holiness.
The article that I had read, reminded me of the importance of Christian Worship and its effects on the non-Christian, as well as those who were already Christians.
The article was entitled: “Worship and the Visitor,” sadly it is no longer available.
Hopefully this blog post will help you realize the importance of Christian Praise and Worship in our services and will stir up in you a hunger to be in the presence of God.