Extraordinary Women in Worship and Devotion

Illustrator: Richard Andre
Illustrator: Richard Andre | Source

Extraordinary women are ordinary women whose participation in something ordinary produce extraordinary results. This is exactly what happened with the women featured in this article.

Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron may be considered extraordinary given her title of prophetess, but her role did not influence the Israelite women more than her act of worship on the day that the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.

Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced” (Exodus 15:20).

You’ve seen her type in worship services. They repeat the chorus for ten minutes, aggravating those who would rather sing it once and be done. If Miriam felt the need to repeat the song, so could contemporary women.

The four women we will discuss later were even more outrageous in their worship and devotion.

What Motivates Women In Worship?

Women are reputed to be more spiritual than men. They usually outnumber the men in the congregation; they buy more devotional books and attend more seminars on like prayer and spiritual growth. At the root of their devotion is their need for personal relationship.

The result of a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health revealed that women have the greater need for friends, while men have the greater need for the social network of family. Applied to our spirituality, it is easy to understand why women in worship are more concerned with the personal bond between them and God, than with the approval of other church members.

For example, while the congregation celebrated the miracle, Miriam celebrated her partnership with God in the miracle. God used her to keep watch over the baby Moses floating on the Nile River. He used her to arrange for Moses’ own mother to take care of Him (Exodus 2). Her obedience was a factor in saving the life of Moses. Miriam was celebrating the miracle of the crossing as well the miracle of partnership with God.

Women's Worship Songs

Ruth's Migration

A young woman named Ruth decided to leave her country and accompany Naomi, her mother in law to a strange land (Book of Ruth). At first, Naomi invited Ruth and Orpah (the other daughter in law) to return with her, but on afterthought, she suggested that it would be better for them to stay in Moab with their parents, for a better chance at a second marriage.

After much persuasion, Orpah decided to return to Moab, but Ruth was determined to go on with Naomi to Bethlehem. Ruth's decision was founded in deep devotion: “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1: 16).

Naomi had practically nothing to offer Ruth, except to share her life of devotion to God. Ruth’s migration for the purpose of a personal relationship with Naomi’s God, made her one of the extraordinary women.

From Treasures of the Bible by Henry Davenport Northrop, D.D
From Treasures of the Bible by Henry Davenport Northrop, D.D | Source

Hannah's Promise

It would be reasonable to expect that a mother who conceives a child in answer to prayer, would keep that child within her sight. It is true that she promised to “give him to the Lord all the days of his life,”(1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV) but usually that means spiritually, not physically.

Parents rejoice if their child chooses to pursue a vocation in church ministry during their age of responsibility. Hannah’s promise was not rooted in a hope for her child's adult years. She sent Samuel in his childhood to be groomed for God’s service. She fulfilled her promise to God literally and urgently. She also, connected her personal past experience with the celebration of the moment.

I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life” (1 Samuel 1: 26-28).

For a woman whose child was given in answer to prayer, literally giving Him up to God made her one of the extraordinary women.

By  James Jacques Joseph Tissot
By James Jacques Joseph Tissot | Source

Mary at the Empty Tomb

Have you ever been so desperate for God’s presence that you cried?

You run the entire gamut of emotions:

  • frustration because you can’t seem to connect with Him
  • grief because it seems you have lost Him
  • disappointment that no-one else understands your plight
  • then you breakdown and cry because you don’t know what else to do.

That was Mary Magdalene on resurrection Sunday after the men had looked at the empty tomb and left. So what if they did not find His body? Proof of His existence would be written in the scrolls. Not good enough for Mary. She wanted to see Him one more time.

She waited alone, peering into the empty tomb as if expecting Him to appear (John 20). He had to show up—this Christ who had saved her from her demons, and given her a new lease on life. They had a relationship, so she knew that He was real. Death or no death, she wanted to see Him again. Her faith and devotion overrode the fact of an empty tomb. Outrageous faith by any measure!

In response to her deep seated devotion, Jesus appeared. Imagine how it touched His heart to hear her say, “If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” He called her by name and gave her a message for the other disciples.

“The reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine.

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The Widow's Mite

Luke mentions, “as poor as she is” (Luke 21: 4). Previous to seeing this woman in the temple, Jesus warned the people about the authorities who were “shamelessly cheating widows out of their property” (Mark 12:40). Whether she was poor because she never owned property, or she was poor because she was cheated out of her possessions, she came to church and put in the offering plate “everything she had to live on” (Luke 21: 44).

Hers was the kind of devotion beyond belief. No what ifs, no could haves; only a simple, childlike trust in God to supply her needs. Jesus commended her to His disciples, to all women in worship and to the entire body of believers for her example in extraordinary devotion.

Hopefully, her act of naked faith along with the examples of the other extraordinary women we mentioned will inspire us to follow our hearts in our daily expressions of praise to God. Let us do what we do, not for commendation, but for the purpose of solidifying our relationship with God.

© 2012 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

MsDora thank you so much for writing such a wonderful, beautiful and educational hub. It is wonderful about the wonderful women in the bible. You have taught me a lot, and I hope more people read this.

God bless you.

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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Good morning MsDora.

I find it more enjoyable and easier to share our experience with Jesus with women than men.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michele, thanks for your kind comments. So glad you can learn something from my hub.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

TeacherJoe, that's very interesting. Perhaps women are more ready and excited to talk about Jesus. Enjoy their fellowship all you can.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Ms Dora this is an exceptional hub.. Don't forget about Deborah in Judges...she kicked butt and took names later.. as you can see she was my favorite..lol God bless you for writing this..

I praise God for you Ms Dora


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grand old lady 4 years ago from Philippines

Nice to hear about the women in the Bible:) Thank you for this very informative and insightful article.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Deborah. Who can forget about your namesake? She needs an entire article devoted to her. Thanks for your kind comment.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Glad you like it, grand old lady. There are so many examples for contemporary women in the lives of the women of the Bible. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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SparrowMinistries 4 years ago

I just love that verse, "Well behaved women rarely make history." Wait. That's not in the Bible! Haha! But I think it could be. Women whose names found a permanent place in God's word usually weren't following the social mores of their day! They were gutsy, weren't they? what a great hub! Up and beautiful!

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Yea, SparrowMinistries, I agree: your quotation would make a nice Bible proverb. These women encourage us to be ourselves even if we're gutsy. Great to meet someone who is like-minded. Thanks!

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michael rivers1 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

Well written Ms Dora. The Gospels describe the additional seventy followers of Christ being comprised of women along with men. Wisdom in the book of Proverbs is personified as a woman. I appreicate your insight and personal devotion expressed with this hub. Great encouagement in Christ!

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks for your input, Michael. There is so much to learn from women and about women in the Bible.

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Cherry4 4 years ago from New York

Ok MsDora you know i have to mention Jael in this....Most might not know her but her skills was beyond measure thanks to God. Oh very well informed hubs.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Cherry, thanks for your input. Jael has my admiration too. Her assignment was extraordinary, as was her performance. She demonstrated that a man's job is no longer a man's job if God gives it to a woman (Judges 4:17-24).

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shofarcall 4 years ago

Thank you for this MsDora. God has given us so many examples of exemplary women in the Bible as role models.

Rreally enjoyed my memory being refreshed regarding these women of God. God Bless. Voted beautiful

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Shofarcall, a pleasure to share my views on these Bible women. Glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for the vote.

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