He has brought several encouraging words to me since then, including His perspective that one person whose heart is turned toward him in worship blesses Him, so of course He loved it when 60 people came together with the express purpose of worshipping Him!
A few days ago I came across a video of Ruth Heflin on YouTube and then watched an interview with a woman who had been her friend. In it, she mentioned that Ruth said, "We are to praise until the spirit of`worship comes; worship until the glory comes; and then stand in the glory." I long for this type of worship but have rarely experienced it corporately because many churches and worship leaders equate singing a few songs/hymns with worship, not understanding they are to be a gateway into His Presence.
Ruth's book, Glory: Experiencing the Atmosphere of Heaven, was mentioned in the interview so I ordered it from my favorite used book site: abebooks.com and began reading this excellent, inspiring book!
Ruth says on p. 10 that "On New Year's Eve the Lord spoke to us and said, "Even now, while you are praising me, I am pouring out My Spirit in another part of the city."" This excited me so, because it is part of the vision we have for Elevate Praise--that as we worship Jesus, those in our cities and surrounding areas will be changed. How exciting and it certainly encourages me that we should continue!
Then as I was reading further in the book today (pp. 110-111) an idea I had never considered was presented. Ruth said. "You may feel that everyone else can worship better than you. Everyone seems to be so eloquent, so articulate, while you struggle with your inhibitions. That's not true. Maybe they can make a better pizza than you. They might do better on a particular job than you. But your worship is distinctive, it is uniquely "YOU." It touches the heart of God. He longs to hear YOUR words of love, the expression of YOUR heart, the groaning of YOUR spirit. Even if it comes forth in very simple utterances, even in sighs, don't compare yourself with others. God desires YOUR worship."
Had you ever considered this? You are uniquely created by God to worship Him. He has given you a unique sound that only you can produce. How amazing! How wonderful to be able to give something to God that only we can give!
Then another means of encouragement came today through this article which was posted on the Elijah List.
"90 Days of Revival Worship - A Global Invitation to Rise Up"
Prophetic word released on August 13, 2019:
Recently as I was in worship, the Lord began to highlight to me the season we're currently embarking upon with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock here in America.
As I continued to worship I heard the Lord say, "I am releasing a massive revival within the global worship movement of our time. Yes, I am hitting the reset button on worship as we've known it. I'm releasing a fresh wave of My Spirit on the global worship movement in ways you've never seen before. I'm ushering this generation into a new era where holy worship unto Me will be restored and raised up all throughout the earth.
"There are new sounds and new expressions of worship that will break out in every place of the earth. Over the next 90 days, I am inviting My Bride into a new place of worship, a new place of intimacy, a new place of glory. Yes," the Lord said, "we're coming into days of ascension."
This is where we will literally see people begin to fix their gaze on the Lord. God is inviting His people to ascend the mountain of the Lord.
An Invitation to Ascend His Mountain
I saw God inviting people, through the vehicle of worship, to the high places over cities, over regions, over nations. Yes, even over various spheres of society. The Lord says that the next 90 days are very crucial for people to turn their hearts and fix their eyes on the Lord. This worship revival that is breaking forth in the earth right now will cause a ripple effect within nations. It's coming to disrupt chaos and confusion. It's coming to dismantle the powers of darkness through the sound of laid-down worship.
It's time for the lovers of God, those who are passionate, to rise up. There's a release of new songs that will be born out of the chambers of intimacy. It's an hour where new songs and music will be released. Yes, it's the sound of vertical worship. It's the beautiful sound upon the beautiful mountain of the Lord. The Lord says, "We will ascend Mount Zion. I'm taking My global Bride to new heights and new realms in Me."
Worship in Unconventional Locations
I began to see, in the spirit, people worshiping outside in the most unconventional locations. I saw people worshiping in large stadiums and being consumed by the weighty presence of God and the sound of pure worship. I hear the Lord saying: "Movement of worship will not be confined to the four walls." I saw worshipers being raised up on the various mountains of influence, specifically in education. (Photo via Unsplash)
The Lord says, "I'm gonna cause the secret place to be revealed in public places, where worship will begin to infiltrate schools across the world. New worship training schools will be raised up and they will receive new marching orders. A new and fresh fervency is coming upon worship schools in this hour. Pastors and leaders will begin to share about My presence and share about true worship unto Me. It will be an experience, not just a mere teaching. It will be encounters of My glory, of My fire and of My presence.
"I am bringing My Bride into a time of experiencing My manifest presence in unprecedented ways. Yes, the Man whose eyes are filled with fire and whose voice is like the sound of many waters will go to manifest and show up in the place of worship. Wherever you build an altar to Me, I will show up," says the Lord.
Revelation 1:14, "The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire."
God says, "It's time to park around the presence. I'm inviting My people all across the world to park around the ark of My glory. Families will begin to gather around the table of My presence in living rooms; people will assemble for worship at their jobs; worship will spread in schools and breakout in the streets. There is a righteous redemption that is coming, likened to Woodstock, but it's a holy movement of worship. Think it not strange that Woodstock began in Bethel, New York." (Bethel means "House of God.")
The Wedding Veil of the Bride and the Crown of His Authority
Dear friends, there is a return of holy worship that is coming back to the house of God. This revival movement in worship will unleash an uncompromising wave of purity, holiness, righteousness, healing and justice in the nations of the earth. The Lord says, "Not only am I raising up worshipers, but I am filling the earth with the songs of the Bride and the songs of the Bridegroom."
I began to see a wedding veil land on top of the Church once again, and shortly after the wedding headdress came over the head of the Church, I began to see a crown come down over the wedding veil.
The Lord says, "As My people worship in this hour, I will release the crown of My authority. I am doing away with the separation between the sound of intimate worship and the sound of warfare, for I am raising up kings and priests. I am raising up My bridal warriors. Out of the place of lovesick worship I will release My authority. I will release My revelation and, yes, I will release keys and strategies to overturn the powers of darkness."
3 Months of Increased Revelation and Visibility
The Lord says, "This will be an hour of increased revelation and visibility of My Spirit. This movement of worship will lead the way even over the next 3 months, even as you step into Rosh Hashanah.(Photo via Pixabay)
"Get ready to see a new sound come out of South America, specifically out of Colombia, out of Venezuela, and out of Brazil. Get ready to see Australia and various nations within Africa and the UK break forth in the new sound and new songs. I'm even raising up a new wave of Celtic worship.
"There is a new dance and a new sound that is rising up out of the nations; it's gonna bring provision. Places that are in war and in danger, where people are bound in chains spiritually and naturally, will hear the sound of the Lord's protection. There is a breakthrough sound of worship."
Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you."
To the Songwriters, Musicians and Worship Teams
The Lord says over songwriters, musicians and worship teams, "A new day has come. Yes, it's time to write the songs, it's time to produce the new music." There's a convergence sound of generations, nations, tribes and tongues that needs to be heard.
"Get ready," says the Lord, "there is a radical uprising for burning hearts that will release holy worship unto Me that will sweep across the earth in this season, and the days and seasons to come," says the Lord. Let your worship go forth! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)