Monday, December 21, 2009

Access through Worship by Derek Prince

Here is a word for you from the Word.

Psalm 95:1-2; 6-8

Psa 95:1 Come, let us sing to יהוה! Let us raise a shout to the Rock of our deliverance.
Psa 95:2 Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; Let us raise a shout to Him in song.
Psa 95:3 For יהוה is a great Ěl, And a great Sovereign above all mighty ones.
Psa 95:4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The mountain peaks are His also.
Psa 95:5 His is the sea, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.
Psa 95:6 Come, let us bow down and bend low, Let us kneel before יהוה our Maker.
Psa 95:7 For He is our Elohim, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice:
Psa 95:8 “Do not harden your hearts as in Meriḇah, And as in the day of Massah in the wilderness,

There’s a beautiful progression there that brings us into the immediate presence of YAHWEH. It starts with loud and jubilant praise and thanksgiving: “Let us sing for joy to the YHWH, let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation.” YHWH encourages us to express freely our praises, our thanksgiving. But then as we go further it says, “Let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the YHWH our Maker.” Praise and thanksgiving lead us on to worship. Worship is not so much an utterance as it is an attitude. It’s bowing down, it’s kneeling, it’s submitting ourselves to YHWH. And when we come into that attitude of worship, then we qualify to hear YHWH’s voice.
And so the psalmist says, “Today, if you hear his voice.” Alas, there are so many BELIEVERS who hardly know what it is to hear YHWH’s voice, and yet that’s the key to all success in the spiritual life is hearing YHWH’s voice. And if we’ll follow the pathway of praise and thanksgiving leading us to worship, bringing us to an attitude where we can hear YHWH’s voice, then we have the key to measureless blessings. - Derek Prince

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