Fresh Winds Of Worship

by IAN JOHNSON

I am so blessed by the hour in which I live, because there is a release of Glory that is bringing understanding of the nature and awesomeness of God back into the earth. With this release of Glory there is a new hunger for true worship. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24 But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth."

When considering worship we shouldn't major on what God has done for us, or how he has blessed us, or how he has raised our ministry up. Rather we need to look upon Him for all His greatness, to worship Him because he is God.

I come from God, so before I was born I existed only in the heart of God, In the midst of all the pulsating Glory that is the fathers heart my image dwelt, because the Father knows all things and He sees all things. So in the realm of eternity an image of you and me existed in the glorious heart of the Father.

So to put the worship of our Glorious God in perspective it's good to consider where we were 100 years ago. We were nothing outside of the heart of God. If you look back 100 years you will see empires and nations, you will see their cities and inhabitants. Perhaps you may see the earthly family from which you where born, but where were you? Only in the heart of God, no one gave you a thought apart from God.

Through the will and good pleasure of the Father I am now born and alive, set apart in this life to give worship to my maker.

Psalm 119:73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.

Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

God created me and you out of pure love. His word declares "I have loved you with an everlasting love" Because out of his eternal heart we came, and into his eternal heart we will return. It's too painful to think of the Fathers grief when some of his children don't return to his heart in eternity. And it is with an overwhelming joy that I think of the children who do return. Its good for us to remember that all men are his children, and its also good for us to feel his heart for all men.

So the object of our worship becomes easy when we look at our life and existence in this light. In fact our life today is a gift from the Lord. Every breath we take is his gift to us, and with the inhaling and exhaling of that breath our king and master deserves worship.

Our heart is all the more stirred when we think of the words in Hebrews that declares, "What is man that you are mindful of him" and Psalm 139 How precious are your thoughts about me,? O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!

How far away from worship in Spirit & Truth have we drifted?

The truth of worship is this, I come from God, therefore; I belong to God and He is my creator and my master.

Psalm 100 Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Our worship becomes all the more intense when we realize that because of sin our spirit which belongs to God had become separated from him and his love. That because of this intense love he has for his creation he risked everything to redeem me through Jesus so I could always remain in his heart. I am his possession and his servant. What would remain in me if God took back all that belongs to Him? The King has rights over his subjects, yet we fail to yield to him in true worship.

God in his wisdom created us in His image and in doing so gave us the ultimate gift that reflects his nature, that is the gift of choice or freewill. Our response when we see the wonders of the glorious nature of our creator must be abandoned worship, because in seeing Him we have the revelation that no one has rights over me except the one from who's heart I have come, Our creator has put within us his own right of choice, wow in doing this he risked loosing us forever.

So to worship God for things and blessings is not worship at all, but simply praise and thanksgiving. Worship in truth then comes from a revelation that we belong to God and in him we move and breath and have our being.

Today we can choose to live under his love as expressed in Jesus or through disobedience we can ignore him and his rights to our life.

This is what the wisest man who ever lived; King Solomon discovered at the end of all his searching. "Vanity all is vanity except to love God and to serve him alone" because Solomon saw that he began in the heart of God and to the heart of God he was to return in death.

Many years ago I was in hospital recovering from a minor operation, I developed an infection in my wound and I slipped into a temperature induced coma. In that place I saw the breath of God and in that place I had the revelation that every time I breathe in it is the gift of God.

As I recently reflected on that experience I realized that the breath of God was familiar to me, it is because when God created Adam he formed him out of the dust of the earth, then he breathed life into his nostrils, The first thing that Adam saw was the face of God. My spirit longs to see the face of God because it's his breath that reminds me of his gift of life to all men and creates worship in my spirit.

Therefore worship him in Spirit and in truth and his breath will become familiar to you. His face will be so close that only a thin veil will separate us from our creator. Such is the Glory of the love that is released into the earth when creature and creator meet in joyous reunion. Even hard Men's hearts are awakened when this level of worship is heard in the earth.

The words of John of the cross 1542-1591 are better than I could express in closing.

O lamps of fire! In whose splendors the deep caverns of feeling, once obscure and blind, now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely, both warmth and light to their beloved.

How gentle and lovingly you wake in my heart, where in secret you dwell; and in your sweet breathing, filled with good and glory, how tenderly you swell my heart with love.

May the breath of God call you into worship in spirit and truth.