|Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 5, 2010 at 9:33 AM|
Yesterday we had a "Summer Praise" event at our church. One Sunday in the summer each year, our morning services are more like a concerta of praise, including congregational singing, special music and a story-lesson from our pastor.
The words of the songs and the resounding roar of a many voices in a packed church always sends chills through me as it elevates me to a place of worship where I am enveloped in the sound and focused on Jesus, the Lamb Upon the Throne.
Visualization is an excellent practice....seeing in your mind's eye the glory of the Lord, His place above all others, His power displayed in more majesty than men will ever be able to imagine, His light blazing with fire and brilliance, yet welcoming, inviting, comforting.
Praise invites the reign of Christ and all His Supremacy into our lives in that very moment when our hearts and minds are engaged in worship. Christianity is a practice of the WILL, the MIND, the HEART, the EMOTIONS. But, first, it is the exercise of the WILL choosing to act upon what we have heard and believed in our hearts.
And, oh what benefits we derive from surrendering our WILL to His own, and deeply engaging our mind in acknowledging His majesty, visualizing His glory, inviting His Spirit to be sovereign, and gushing out with all we got in gratitude and humility in response to so much grace, love and mercy.
Peace is the product of worship and praise. Why do I say that? Is it just momentary? Will it last? Well, I recently did a quick word study and found that the root word for praise can also mean "to calm". Interesting??.....!!!
To praise is to glory in something, to exult in, to adore and commend. At the same time, "to praise" speaks about calming, to be still or hush up in one's heart. To praise with words, seems to be connected to "soothing with words", which is clear when words of honor and compliments are ministered to someone who is aggrieved or injured.
To this, I would add that as my praise in words or song go forth unto my King, His blessings return to me as calming, soothing promises of supply, wholeness, healing, forgiveness, love, wisdom and all the gifts of the Spirit.
That all adds up to PEACE in my book! It is sealed in the promise of Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." And in verse 10 "Be still and know that I am God".
In case you have any doubt, the practice of worship and praise transforms our minds and hearts to rely on God's command of a situation, His authority over every aspect of our lives, framed by Eternal Love and Mercy Overflowing. For, as He spoke through His prophet Isaiah, 600 years before the birth of Christ, words of promise to the land of Judah, and words of promise to those who are part of the family tree, "God will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed upon Him" isaiah 26:3