Seeking HIS Presence throughout Prayer
Do we really take the time to talk to God? In this age many things have changed our lives where everything is on our fingertips making it easier to get distracted from what’s important in our lives, Like spending time with God. Here is one way to help you get started. Set aside all worldly distraction for a moment and truly seek Him as you take the time to pray. Choose a quiet place where you can be alone to have a one to one conversation with God. Don’t be in a hurry to get to your next task. Really take the time to let your requests be made known to God; the more you do this you will find a sense of peace within you that you never experience before. Many people wait till they come to church on Sunday morning to pray and the rest of the week it seems that we don’t have the time to keep up with our daily functions. Did you know that we can pray from anywhere and at anytime? (#1 Excuse) I don’t have the time. (#2 Distractions) As long as everything goes our way in our busy lives we often do not think about God. We have so much to be thankful for. Learn to hear His voice, learn to give God thanks first then make your request. We often are so busy asking God that we very rarely give God a chance to speak to us or rather He is speaking all along but we miss His response to us because we're not listening or paying attention to His voice. When this happens, we miss the prophetic word, words of wisdom, encouragement, and edification. He wants to give us peace and understanding no matter what situation we might be facing.
By Frank R. Colon
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Seeking HIS Presence throughout Worship
There are a few ways to worship many of us think (Worship needs Music) “and that is fine” or (That you need a church to be able to worship) the truth is you can worship GOD from anywhere.
Today I like to share with you 7 Dimensions of Praise and they are…
Yadah is a verb with a root meaning, "the extended hand”, this means to worship with extended hands; thanksgiving with hands extended in adoration.
Psalm 67:5 Let the people praise (yadah) thee, O God, let the people praise thee.
Psalm 107:15 Oh that men would praise (yadah) the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
IIChr.20:21 Giive thanks (yadah) to the Lord, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.
Towdah is a noun form based on the primitive root yadah. It is known as the most challenging of the dimensions of praise as it is totally an act of the will. It comes from the same root meaning an extension of the hands more in sacrifices in thanksgiving, thanking God for things not yet received as well as those things already at hand. In the bible, Towdah is used in songs of worship and is translated as "praise".
Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving (towdah): and pay thy vows to the most high.
Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise (towdah) glorifieth me: and to him, that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.
Psalm 56:12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises (towdah) unto thee.
Halal is the third dimension of praise and is derived from the primitive root that means, "to be clear," "to shine," "to make a show", "to boast," "to be clamorously foolish," "to rave." In order to praise God with a halal praise you cant' be dignified, it must be an undignified praise. You must have complete abandonment and be willing to look even a little bit foolish in your celebration of God. The more common usage of halal is in the praise of God-hence, the word, Hallelujah, which is a Hebrew word from the same root, which is usually translated "Praise the Lord!"
A chance to really channel your energy. Let's get ready to "shabach" God. Shabach is the fourth dimension of praise and it literally means to "address in a loud voice," particularly pertaining to triumph. The words that are used to translate "shabach" are, glory, glorify, commend, and extol. When you shabach God, it's another opportunity to not be quiet and dignified, but to address the Lord with a loud voice of triumph because when we do this we are commending Him for His character and nature. God will fulfill all that He said He would do.
Zamar is the fifth dimension of praise which is based on a primitive root that means "to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument" and the making of this music is accompanied by the voice. Zamar relates to celebration with song and music. Zamar literally is translated as "sing," (Ps.27:6), "give praise," (Ps. 57:7), "sing praise," (ll Sam.22:50), "praise," (Ps. 21:13), "make music," (Ps. 33:2), and "psalms (lChron. 16:9). Zamar is also related to praising God with instruments and through dance.
Barak means "to bless". It is the sixth dimension of praise and is a primitive root meaning, "to kneel" and implies "to bless God." It shows forth adoration. Barak carries a sense of expectancy and comes when the Holy Spirit begins to minister. Barak is the beginning of God's response to worship.
“Listen to His voice”. We often are so busy talking to God that we very rarely give God a chance to speak to us or rather He is speaking all along but we miss His response to us because we're not listening or paying attention to God's voice. When this happens, we miss the prophecy, words of wisdom, encouragement, and edification that He wants to give to us.
Deut.1:11 May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!
Tehillah is song that publically lauds God and it may occur when God's people are truly praising Him, giving Him praise, or speaking of His praise. It should be noted that Tehillah praise is praise that God is not willing to share with anyone or anything else. This praise is for Him alone because it is the place of His dwelling.
Eph.5:19-20 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.