Exhortation to Worship, by Greg Holladay

In the past few months, many of you may have noticed that something wonderful has been happening here at Living Word Church. With upgrades to the sound and lighting systems, deeper and deeper levels of worship have begun to emerge. A major part of this is that our worship team has become more and more anointed and intense, drawing out of some a steady increase in the intensity of our worship. At this point, I feel compelled to issue a challenge that should continuously increase the intensity of our worship to amazing levels. of what I like to call “reckless, undignified worship” (King David danced before the people in the streets of Jerusalem with this shouting/dancing/joyful kind of reckless abandon to the Lord…so can we…HE IS WORTHY! )

Psalm 104:4 states that we are to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless/praise His name!” John 4:23 states, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. Can you believe it…Daddy God is seeking us to worship Him!

There are some who think worship with instruments…not to mention with reckless abandon…is somehow wrong. I wonder if they’ve ever read the very last Psalm which states “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! ...

I will never forget two amazing experiences I enjoyed during this type of worship. In the first experience, while we were in the midst of an awesome time of worship. I happened to look up and, for a brief moment in time, witnessed a band of angels encircling the entire sanctuary, just below its rather high ceiling. Angels love “entering in” during our worship, even though we generally cannot see them.

In the second experience, we were in the midst of intense worship when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a very tall man on my left side, dressed entirely in white. When I turned my head to get a better look, there was no one there. Then I heard the Lord say, with a distinctly Yiddish accent: “So where did you think they’d want to spend their Sundays? Perhaps you might understand why I believe that, during any given time of worship, we might very well be surrounded by an unseen host of angels.

And now for the challenge: It’s time for a fresh exhortation! Just imagine with me for a moment…if this new intensity from the worship team has begun to draw a few of us into deeper levels of worship, what might happen should we all begin entering into worship with a new intensity, to the point that we begin drawing deeper levels of worship from the worship team…drawing deeper levels from us…drawing deeper levels from the worship team…drawing deeper levels from us…the possibilities are ENDLESS!