Wilderness Worshippers

We’re taught by the words of Jesus that Father God is seeking men who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. For quite some time I’ve wondered what that means exactly. And lately I’ve been led to take a deeper look into what the word of God says about it.

I was drawn today to Psalms 4 and noted verses 7-8 especially. The Psalmist talks about a favor that rested on him “More than in the time when their corn and wine increased. ” I thought that over. That’s a harvest time! I wondered at that. He is comparing his harvest to the harvest of others. Isn’t it very good to be grateful for the abundant harvest of what we’ve labored for?  I thought it was but I saw a deeper truth. The Psalmist is thinking and thanking God that he is blessed differently than some others.  The verse speaks of some whose testimony was “Who will show us any good?”…  Hmmm. they sounded to me like some of Job’s friends. Negative.  it was made clear that the favored one stood in awe of God. He had realized that his source of joy and peace was the Lord, who alone made him dwell in safety. His contentment was in his comfort from and intimacy with His God.

Psalms 4:

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Then I was led to the Isaiah 9 word below that confirms those thoughts.  It began to make sense. Many worship in spirit, but it seems that some are only able to rejoice and celebrate when they see the results of their labor. The harvest and the spoils.

Isaiah 9:3

Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Soon the Lord took me to the beautiful passage of scripture we love in Habukkuk. This describes the  worship God is looking for. To know that God is our source and is our strength even in a dry season, when there is nothing to show for our faith except our joy and peace in Him. We are in a right position in Him when we realize that He Himself is our great reward.

Habakkuk 3:

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Worship in truth is the place where the apostle Paul dwelt when he talked about when he said …

Philippians 4:12

I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am initiated both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer privation.

This has all led me back to a truth I had thought on for years. Godliness with contentment is great gain. I wondered “What is godliness in God’s eyes?”  I saw that Abraham’s life and the life of many others in scripture were models of godliness.

Genesis 15:1

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

All of this seems to answer these questions I asked myself. I had thought so much and heard so much about the slumbering church, and I knew I had to set out to find out how I could find my way to the personal walk of worship in spirit and in truth.  That is my quest. My soul finds rest in God alone. In any circumstance I am safe, joyful and content in my Father’s presence. From this position I believe we can learn how to sow healthy productive gardens for his glory. He is the husbandman and only he knows the right way.

God is great and merciful to all who call upon him. But he calls to us to rise up into a right relationship of consecrated love in Him. A going where he leads in a walk with him in times when we can’t see a thing but Him. A trust in his guidance in times of lack or whatever we’re walking through. To set our whole hearts to pleasing him above all.

We all start out as learners and seekers but we have to rise up and become true worshippers and doers of the word. The bottom line truth is that we are deceiving men when we promise them peace and safety when their focus is still set what they want and what they need. He is our greatest need and hearts that are hardened against the purity of worship will suffer.  As leaders of others, it is only when we walk by faith and not by sight that we are safe and protected from influences of the dark kingdom. As consecrated and mature saints we can walk with God in an unfeigned faith, in spirit and in truth.. be a rich blessing wherever Father God wants to place us.

1 Timothy 1:5   Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned

Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, Oh God, forever..Amen..

The Colors Of The Winds

Proverbs 8:30-31

Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

I love the revealing of Jesus in this prayer and I long to look deeper into it! I’m here full of deep thoughts and questions.  As I grow older I’m learning that there’s still very much to be discovered that I’ve never known. And I’m using both pictures and songs to help to open up my heart to life changing questions.  I’m listening in and trusting my God for the answers. I know that’s where true wisdom comes from.

To start I will ask you…Isn’t this the most gorgeous picture you’ve seen in a long time?

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It always brightens my day when I see it.  It’s so dramatic and it seems heavenly to me. It reminded me of this song

“The Colors Of The Wind”…

https://youtu.be/nn2LTCs8KII

The first time I heard the song I was amazed at the wisdom in it.  I began to hear some good life lessons, I heard it saying a lot about the necessity of cultivating a heart that’s open to a respect for all of the human race, although we’re all different.

The one phrase in this song that caught my attention was about “learning things we never knew we never knew”    I sure did need lots of that in my life. I was sick of strife, racism and hatred. I was trying to learn how to find peace and love others that I didn’t always understand or agree with.  I sure needed big stretches.

I heard lessons in the song but I was wary of the love of myths and rumors. I had finally learned that  movies,  songs and lots of human wisdom are full of these.  An example of that comes to mind from a personal story of my own life when I was a young child. I was in love with the story of Pocahontas and John Smith; I had heard that it was a great romance. Tugged at my heart .  Her story was so romantic, fait maiden marries the man after saving his live.   I wanted to grow up a beautiful maiden who met and married a man who came and fell madly in love with me. But after I was grown, I learned that this legend I had loved was not truth. It was fiction that became a legend.  She never married him, in fact they were only casual friends, many years apart in age. Her life was romanticized by the Disney story and much of it was not based on fact.

A childhood myth was busted along with my bubble of love for misinformation. That lesson has come back to mind a lot and I’m sure we’ve all had such experiences.

Growing up we learn that life is full of rumor and romanticized legends. All is not as it first appears to be. We all have much to learn,  things we never knew we needed to know.

Now, back to the song. Layers of lessons I saw. It made me see the ugliness in self righteous, know it all attitudes; both our own and those of others. It’s a pleasant reminder of our need to take a closer look at other cultures and their legends.

I hope to see lessons about how I can grow into a kinder, broader and more hospitable people?  I think we might need to come out of our stale life boxes and open up to learning that God loves humanity. Holy Spirit knows how to take us into wisdom’s ways to go there.

Jesus often used parables about things of the world to teach lessons.  Songs are parables. Many parables from the world are used to teach spiritual secrets. Now, I’m aware that some really religious and carnal mindsets see shadows of suspicion and are not open to wisdom from unusual places.   We need to remember that God spoke to a man through a donkey; God won’t fit in our religious boxes.  I once heard  a man say “You can learn something from the dumbest man you’ll ever meet”    I sure do believe the world needs lots more of that kind of wisdom.

Father God is looking for wise and fully committed soul winners, fishers of men.

1 Cor 9:

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

We need to be alert and prayerful to listen for the wisdom of God in all situations. The things we need to know that we never knew we never knew are vast and they’re all hidden in the heart of the Father. We need to learn to listen to his voice. He is the One who paints with all the colors of the wind. We are the ones who have a lot to learn.  He is jealous to guard us from all lis and harmful intentions, but zealous to teach us how to do life wisely. He looks for hearts that are open to him

Teach us, God, to number our days so that we might gain a heart of wisdom!

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