The latest from Sara-Marie's desk.
In this episode, let's chat about how beautifully David worshiped God with "all of his might" in celebratory gladness and how we too can delight the heart of God by releasing a joyful sound unto the throne.
Over the last few weeks, God has really been pressing on my heart the following words, “CELEBRATE ME!”.
It started around the same time as the Jewish calendar celebrates their New Year and I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is a God that never changes…And if He thousands of years ago established feasts and seasons of celebration, then that is what He still desires from His children, even today.
The most common expression of praise that say all of the time is Hallelujah.
The root word is Halal which generally means to boast, brag, celebrate, or rave about God.
Halle-lu-YAH - When we say Hallelujah we are celebrating Yahweh.
We are bragging about how awesome and powerful He is - how great is His love and grace...
If you're like me, you are holding onto some promises that God has made you.
You're believing and trusting that God will fulfill, but then you find yourself crying before His presence, wondering why so long? Or how will You do this, Lord? When will this come to pass?
And time and time again, God reassures me with this passage from Isaiah 55:
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
You see, God's Word is neither barren nor fruitless.
We can be as SURE as we are in the water cycle, that God will water and bring to LIFE every single seed of promise that He has deposited inside of us.
His Word will start budding in the right season and in the...
Read that again.
God will either provide a way out or the grace to endure.
Both are miracles.
Sometimes we only give God credit if He shows up in an immediate breakthrough kind of way.
Don't get me wrong.
Of course those are awesome, but let's also praise God for giving us the grace to endure long trials.
The fact that He's keeping you standing in the midst of the process is JUST as miraculous.
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
II Corinthians 12:9
So keep holding on to the promises of God, for they are YES and AMEN.
Stay strong in faith,
I want to share with you today an excerpt from the introduction of my book, WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound?, because I believe it's the reminder God wants to share with you today:
"Did you know that sound waves can change matter?
Perform a quick online search and you can find videos of people manipulating matter, breaking glass, freezing water - all with sound waves.
How did God Himself create and mold matter in the Book of Genesis?
By using the sound of His voice.
Or did you know that the sounds of nature increase the productivity of the surrounding land?
There are studies that prove that the sounds of birds chirping and insects humming contribute to the growth and development of plants in the area.
No wonder we hear the birds singing the most at the beginning of Spring!
The birds are literally awakening the ground with their songs of praise.
Nature leads a revival, year after year, with its sound.
If sound waves can break glass at the right frequency, and if the songs of nature...
In this episode, I am sharing a Word that God gave me to share at a conference back in July under the theme, "Worship Without Limits."
How do we get there?
How do we get to a place where we can freely worship God with all that we have, in Spirit and in Truth, without worrying about the criticisms of others?
I thought "Worship Without Limits" was such a great theme and I think every single speaker that day mentioned one key: greater intimacy with Jesus!
So take a listen to today's new podcast episode and allow it to encourage you to take your worship to the next level.
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Learn more about the 12 week Bible study journey, WORSHIP: ARE YOU MAKING A SOUND? at www.soulofworship.com/book.
Come worship with us at our next event: www.soulofworship.com/events
After Moses and the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea, they worshiped the LORD with a new song:
'Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord , and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the Lord , For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war; The Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O Lord , has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord , has dashed the enemy in pieces.'
The presence of God was with the people of Israel and in His presence the army of the enemy was completely demolished. Cast into the sea and drowned at the bottom like a...
I don't know about you, but I NEED the presence of God in my life on the REGULAR.
The moment I'm feeling distant, the pressure and worries start to arise.
I have learned, and I remind you today, that it is critical to maintain a posture of worship and praise.
We can't afford to forget to lift up our voice to the Father!
The enemy will try to distract you or keep you extra busy, because he knows the power that is in your sound.
When we worship, God is enthroned, His Presence is summoned to our location, and the enemy is defeated in Jesus' Name!
I think you're going to love today's podcast episode.
Take a listen and let it remind you that you have access to the presence of God and the key is in your mouth.
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Learn more about the 12 week Bible study journey, WORSHIP: ARE YOU MAKING A SOUND? at www.soulofworship.com/book...
Last week, we discussed how worship enthrones God and dethrones everything else. (Read about it here, if you missed.)
So if we know that God inhabits our praise (Psalm 22:3), when we maintain an attitude of worship, Psalm 9:3 says our enemies will fall and perish at HIS PRESENCE.
"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence."
If my praise establishes the kingdom of God, right here in the midst of where I am releasing my worship, no attack of the enemy can prosper!
My worship summons the presence of God to surround me and not only fill me with peace, but protect me from the adversary.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...WORSHIP IS MY WARFARE!
Praise is a supernatural weapon.
This is truly how we...
After all, it says so in Psalm 22:
"But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them."
God is enthroned in the midst of our worship. When we lift up our authentic praise to the Father and exalt His Name above everything else, God's kingdom is established right where we are.
Jesus did instruct us to pray that way as well...
"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven."
Jesus desires for the the kingdom of God to be established on the earth...just like it is in heaven!
And how do we start?
Exalting the name of God: Hallowed be Your name.
You see when you and I make the decision to praise God, our worship enthrones God and dethrones everything else.
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In Season 4 Episode 5, we discussed how our hope in God is a confident expectation that God will fulfill His promises over us.
We can trust that God will remain faithful to us, even in times of great trial, because He is always faithful and trustworthy.
Our hope is an anchor to the everlasting power of Heaven, that will keep us secure and steadfast even when the winds and waves are raging against us.
Therefore, we can worship God for being our God of Hope.
In today's episode, we will be focusing on The Hope of Salvation.
One could say that the entire Word of God is one long story of salvation.
From the beginning of time, God has put in place an intricate plan to redeem and save His creation from the wages of sin and death.
So today, we are going to thank, honor, and worship God for being our God of Salvation, our Savior.
10 Practical Tips to Help Busy Mamas Seek Peace in the Midst of Parenting Chaos
From one busy mama to another, I want to share with you these 10 PRACTICAL TIPS today, including a highly actionable checklist, to help you draw closer to the Father and refuel you in this special ministry we call motherhood.
In this free Worship & Praise Bible study bundle, you'll receive a beautifully designed 9 page PDF that outlines three incredibly powerful worship concepts: Use Your Voice as a Trumpet Sound, Lift Up Your Hands in Victory, and the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.
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