Ministering Unto the Lord!

Part One

John 4:22-24
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

As Christians we can worship and minister in a freedom that the OT Priest did not have. The Priest's in the Old Testament were chosen to Minister to the Lord. And trained to do so. It was to be done with purity and a sincere heart. No sin was to be in their lives or they could perish. That is how important coming before God in Spirit and in Truth is.

1 Chronicles 6:31-35
31 Now these are the men whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after the ark came to rest. 32 They were ministering with music before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they served in their office according to their order.

1 Chronicles 9:33
33 These are the singers, heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites, who lodged in the chambers, and were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night. Praise the Lord!

2 Chronicles 29:11
11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”

Ezekiel 44:16
16 “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.

1 Kings 8:10-12
10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

But even though we have a personal relationship with God, it does not mean that we should not come with the same reverence and respect that the OT priests had.

What is ministering unto the Lord?
To minister to the Lord, means to draw near to God, to worship Him and to bring Him joy and pleasure.

How do we minister to Him?
Praise, Worship and Communion.

Praise!
Meaning: Thanksgiving, psalm, confession, courage, excellence, glory, commendation, to bless, declare, blessed, to stretch out the hand, to speak well of, to boast, praise, hymn.

The Purpose of praise is to thank God for His salvation, Spirit, Soul and Body!

Proverbs 27:21 Fire is the way to test the purity of silver and gold, but the character of a man is tested by the things he praises.

Praise refines us, melts us down, purifies our speech and produces words worthy to be spoken to God.

Isaiah 6:1-10
The Throne Room
In the year that King Uzziah died, I clearly saw the Lord. He was seated on his exalted throne, towering high above me. His long, flowing robe of splendor spread throughout the temple. 2 Standing above him were the angels of flaming fire, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces in reverence, with two wings they covered their feet, and with two wings they flew. 3 And one called out to another, saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, Commander of Angel Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 The thunderous voice of the fiery angels caused the foundations of the thresholds to tremble as the cloud of glory filled the temple!
5 Then I stammered and said, “Woe is me! I’m destroyed doomed as a sinful man! For my words are tainted and I live among people who talk the same way. King Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies! My eyes have gazed upon him!” 6 Then out of the smoke, one of the angels of fire flew to me. He had in his hands a burning coal he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See? The burning coal from the altar has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away; your sin is blotted out.” 8 Then I heard the Lord saying, “Whom should I send to my people? Who will go to represent us?” I spoke up and said, “I will be the one. Send me.”

Isaiah’s Message
9 Then he said, “Go and tell the people: ‘You keep listening but understand nothing. 10 Go and preach a message that will make their hearts dull, their ears plugged, and their eyes blind. Otherwise, their eyes will begin to see, their ears will begin to hear, their hearts will begin to understand, and they will return to me for healing and be healed.”

This passage is a symbol of how we must come before God. Whether this was a vision of Isaiah or it actually happened to him, it shows that we have to come worthy to worship God. We have to come with a pure heart and no sin in our lifes, for Him to hear us.

Mark 11: 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Forgiveness and Prayer
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Psalm 100:4
You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!

Psalm 150:6
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Praise Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.

Sing praises to God with your mind on the words and their meaning and put your heart into it. Don't sing to people, sing to the Lord! Concentrate on ministering to Him!

Hebrews 2:11-12 11 Jesus, the Holy One, makes us holy. And as sons and daughters, we now belong to his same Father, so he is not ashamed or embarrassed to introduce us as his brothers and sisters! 12 For he has said, “I will reveal who you really are to my brothers and sisters, and I will glorify you with praises in the midst of the congregation.”

Psalm 149:1-2
Triumphant Praise
149 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! It’s time to sing to God a brand-new song so that all his holy people will hear how wonderful he is! 2 May Israel be enthused with joy because of him, and may the sons of Zion pour out their joyful praises to their King.

Worship
Meaning: to ascribe worthy, reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration a church service or other rite showing this extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind

Worship centers in on who God is and on His person. It is giving something of value to God. Our time, our love, our life

Genesis 24:52
And it came to pass, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that he worshiped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.

1 Chronicles 16:28-29 Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Matthew 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Psalm 99:5
5 Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool—He is holy.

Revalations 4
Worthy Is the Lamb
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Just worship Him because you love Him and because He is worthy!

Communion
Meaning: The act of sharing one's thoughts and emotions with another or others; intimate converse an intimate relationship with deep understanding.

Going into the Holy of Holies where His Presence is and just talk with Him.

1 John 1:1-3
The Living Expression
1 We saw him with our very own eyes.We gazed upon him and heard him speak. Our hands actually touched him, the one who was from the beginning, the Living Expression of God. 2 This Life-Giver was made visible and we have seen him. We testify to this truth: the eternal Life-Giver lived face-to-face with the Father and has now dawned upon us. 3 So we proclaim to you what we have seen and heard about this Life-Giver so that we may share and enjoy For truly our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus, the Anointed One.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint

1 John 1
What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. ...

Just be quiet in His presence and listen to Him. As we wait on Him we will exchange our weakness for His strength

Psalm 37:7
7 Quiet your heart in his presence and pray;
keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you.

Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8
Unshakeable Faith
To the Pure and Shining One
King David’s melody of love’s celebration

1 I stand silently to listen for the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for the Lord to rescue me. For God alone has become my Saviour. 2 He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me. For he is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? 5 I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for him to rescue me. Only God is my Saviour, and he will not fail me. 6 For he alone is my safe place. His wrap-around presence always protects me
as my champion defender. There’s no risk of failure with God! So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? 7 God’s glory is all around me! His wrap-around presence is all I need, for the Lord is my Savior, my hero, and my life-giving strength. 8 Join me, everyone! Trust only in God every moment! Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him. Believe me when I tell you—he will help you! Pause in his presence

Psalm 64:10
The lovers of God will be glad, rejoicing in the Lord. They will be found in his glorious wrap-around presence, singing songs of praise to God!

Psalm 67:1
It’s Time to Praise Him
For the Pure and Shining One A poetic song of praise for guitar God, keep us near your mercy-fountain and bless us! And when you look down on us, may your face beam with joy! Pause in his presence

Psalm 77:13
It’s here in your presence, in your sanctuary, where I learn more of your ways. For holiness is revealed in everything you do. Lord, you’re the one and only, the great and glorious God!

As we minister to God, He will minister to us!

Note! All translations in the New Testament and Psalms are from The Passion Translation. All the rest are from the New King James version unless otherwise stated

 

 

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