Jeremiah 2:11. “Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. 12. Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord. 13. “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
This is the epitome of evil. Trading our glorious God, a fountain of living water, for a broken cistern/well that cannot even hold muddy water. We/I need to put God back on His pedestal where He belongs.❤
My own agenda is thrown out the window. I submit my will to God’s will and pray His plans for me are the ones I seek. I want to do God’s will and keep in humble prayer all day long and keep in reading God’s Word. He is the only hope we have, the solution to every problem, the Truth and love and everything good, the perfect One, the Physician of the sick and Deliverer of the oppressed. God made everything we know of. That means the most majestic mountain peak, He is more majestic. The most beautiful rainbow or sunset, God is more beautiful. The most tender and precopus baby, God is more precious. The deepest depths and highest heights we know if, He is deeper and higher still. Praise God!❤❤❤
When I pray, God reveals truths to me. He teaches me things. I have to be quiet and listen and humbly pray and God teaches me things. For instance, this morning as I walked and talked with Him, He revealed to me that when people idolize and lift up someone for some great thing they have done or achieved, they very often neglect t doling out praise and worship and adoration to God who gave them them hat gift or ability to begin with. In essence, it is glorifying the receiver of the gift rather than the Giver of the gift (and the Maker of that person). It is all wrong. God should get your praise first. God should be worshipped and lifted up for it all!!!❤❤❤
I received one of the greatest comliments this morning at church. A man came up to me and said he missed it when I was not playing piano (and here is the compliment) because “I can tell you can show worship to Jesus because it is obvious you feel it.” My heart for God melted. What an amazing thing when people notice how very much I love Jesus and love worshiping and leading worship to Him!! Oh how I am thankful for that encouragement. Praise Jesus, the lover of my soul!!! ❤❤❤
So, since we took a break from the worship band at church so others could play who felt called to, I got a month off and they have mysteriously needed me to fill in on piano or keyboard ever since. Hmmmm. Well, it is for me to obey and if God wants me to play, He will lead someone to ask me. I am for God, whatever He wants, all His. And as much as I dislike midweek practice, I that much more love leading worship with the talent He has given me. So if I play or don’t play, may God’s will be done and Him honored and worshiped! To God Be the glory! ❤❤❤
I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤
Our hope is Jesus Christ. Our example is Jesus Christ. Our peace and joy are in relationship with Jesus. Our reason for worship and purpose is Jesus Christ. He is our focus, our eternal future, our strength now, our everything. Jesus is most important of all in existence. Without Him, we perish and very soon for He is coming back for we who are faithful to Him soon. Jesus is our salvation, our life, our comfort, our light and truth. He is the way of love and worth celebrating all the time from now into eternity. Cling to Him. Praise Jesus Christ!!