Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
WORSHIPPING FROM THE END OF YOUR ROPE
There is a famous cliche’ that says, “Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures”. The quote has also been explained like this: “In adverse circumstances actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.” It sounds confusing but so are desperate times. That’s why I have found great strength and peace when I give God my “Desperate Worship”.
King David gives a great example of this type of worship when he says, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalms 61:2 KJV)
Notice where David is: the end of the earth (the end of his rope). He is nowhere near his house, nowhere near the house of God….but maybe he recalled the words that God spoke to Moses in Exodus 33:21 – “And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me:”
Notice who David cries out to: Jehovah Mephalti – My Deliverer. I can see King David turn to the page of his psalms where God had said to him, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” -Psalm 50:15
Notice what David’s heart is feeling: It is overwhelmed, in other words, covered” with grief and sorrow for any trouble, outward or inward, and ready to sink, and fail or die.
Notice David’s spiritual instinct: Just get me to my redeemer. “lead me to the rock that is higher than I am.” When we are overwhelmed with live and what it is doing to us—let’s go to The Higher Power. God is the source of our redemption.
David’s understanding of God led him to cry out in desperate worship to Him.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF DESPERATE WORSHIP
Paul and Silas were at the end of their rope. They found themselves in a dark inner prison dungeon, chained to a rock wall and bleeding from the beating they had just taken.
They were at the end of their rope and “Desperate Times Called for Desperate Measures. They began to an action that would have been rejected by most every other Christian then or now. They began to Worship God.
Acts 16:25 – And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
GOD DELIVERS THE DESPERATE WORSHIPPER!
ACTS 16:26 – “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.”
Here’s a quick narrative of how God responds to Desperate Worship.
*The prison guard was saved-quite literally-from killing himself.
* Paul and Silas gave the jailor a great reason not to kill Himself-they were all still there with him. I think the reason he didn’t commit suicide was because the Christians never left him. “Just being there” for someone will do wonders for those with no hope.
*Paul and Silas shared the gospel and the Jailor along with his entire house were saved.
David’s Desperate Measures turned him To God; not away from Him.
Paul and Silas’s Desperate measures turned others To God; and were saved.
So you see, Desperate Worship Brings a Definite Move of God!
Desperately Worshipping Him – Pastor Steve
Key Verses: Malachi 3:10-12
Prayer Point: give me courage to tithe consistently
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
Shayne and his wife, Kristen, will celebrate their 14th anniversary July 1st. They have two handsome boys, Asher (4) and Keston (2). He is an Assistant Principal as Prairie Grove Middle School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Central Arkansas, A Master’s from Harding University and obtained his Specialist Degree from Harding University just this fall.
Shayne and his family have been attending LFC 3 years. He became acquainted with Living Faith through Monroe Hill who had asked him to play in the church’s band. Shortly after God impressed upon him and Kristen to make LFC their home church. Shayne is the Director of the Band and is on the executive leadership team of LFC’s music ministry.
My personal pursuit of God has had more than one beginning phase, yet it has never ended! I firmly believe that even as I meet him face to face, I will still be in total awe of him. As the author wrote, “Will I stand in your presence or in awe of you be still, I can only imagine…”. Having been raised in a pentecostal environment my whole life, I have always yearned for the manifestations of God’s glory. I never get tired of hearing stories of miracles in the past or seeing people overwhelmed with his presence.
As Tommy Tenney, author of God Chasers says, “We need to learn how to entertain and welcome the manifest presence of God to such a degree that just the residue of what has gone on among us brings sinners to the point of conviction and conversion instantaneously. I am hungry for that kind of expression of revival…”.
I believe that we have become so busy, that we have declared time limits and restrictions on the moving of God. Now don’t get me wrong, as my mother used to say, “If God ain’t in it, I’d rather be home watching Bonanza!” For those of you who don’t know, Bonanza was a Sunday night family friendly western show. My point is that we have to have the desire, and never be unwelcoming to the moving of the Spirit! Matthew 5:6 says Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Tenney goes on to say, “If you want to go where you’ve never been, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Get passionate for His presence!”
In 1993, a 2-year prayer initiative began in an Assembly of God church in Florida. In 1995, Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida, began what was one of the largest modern day revivals in the United States. Although I am not looking to be the next “Brownsville” at Living Faith, we must relentlessly pursue the highest degree of God’s anointing and power to meet the needs of the lost and broken. Let’s be the platform for the Lord to show out in.
– Shayne Taylor