The King's Daughter—Part Five—Worship Him
In Part I of this series we learned that God's original purpose and intent for us as women have not changed since the Garden of Paradise. He still wills for us to be powerful and persuasive under His authority as it was in the beginning.
Part II of this series revealed God's view of us as precious valuable creatures.
Part III involved our part and detailed our obligation to listen to Him and value what He says.
In Part IV we tackled those spheres of influence "our father's house and our own people" that may have played a role in preventing us from seeing an accurate perspective of God and ourselves.
Part V Will take an in depth look at worship and how who and what we worship really determines the esteem we receive and experience.
"the worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love."
— Henry Scougal
"We are most satisfied when we seek God's pleasure above our own, and we gradually become conformed to what we most love and admire."
— Kenneth Boa "Conformed to His Image"
"Because He is your Lord, Worship Him"
Worship is not only thanking, praising, and singing to the Lord all through worship does include these elements. Worship, more importantly, includes these questions:
- Who have you given the privilege of assigning your value and worth?
- Who or what dictates your conclusions about life and yourself?
- Whose voice do you incline your ear too?
- Whose opinion do you most consider?
- What thoughts, ideas, and experiences have you held in such high regard that they have exalted themselves above what the word of God says about you?
The answers to these questions will reveal who or what you worship.
A Biblical example of what we do sometimes in our desperation and need:
... she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water (food - body inside), My wool and my linen ( clothing - body outside), My oil and my drink (soul considerations).’
— Hosea 2:5
For she did not know That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, And multiplied her silver and gold Which they prepared for Baal. ~ Hosea 2:8
Gomer was the name of Hosea's unfaithful wife in the above-mentioned verse and her name means "complete" and having no deficiency according to "Strong's Concordance" I believe it was Gomer's core desire to feel complete and satisfied.
Pica is a medical condition where people crave non-nutritive substances such as laundry soap, paint, or even dirt. It is being discovered that there are nutrient deficiencies in people who have this condition. There is a legitimate need but the sources from which one obtains them can be deadly.
The places where we go to satisfy our souls apart from God in our spiritual pica would be considered our other lovers and can be equally deadly to our spiritual and natural lives.
The things Gomer (Hosea's wife) sought after all represent temporary satisfactions of her own design and making. God says, "because she did not know that I gave her what she really needed."
- grain (physical needs)
- new wine (soul needs)
- oil (spiritual needs)
Notice as well that she makes herself her own God when she says "I will" Sometimes we just want to be in the control seat. None of us want to be perceived as controlling but that is what we do when we entrust ourselves to our own conclusions and decisions. We want to be our own gods because we do not trust that He is enough or that He will do it satisfactorily. We cannot obtain eternal happiness in our own ways.
If you are waiting for your husband to convince you that you are of worth, If you are waiting for your career to shout the praises of notoriety, If you are waiting for your friends to affirm your sense of belonging, if you are waiting for your circumstances to determine your level of comfort, you will surely be disappointed. God here wishes to be the most influential factor in your life. He wants to shape, form, and mold the image you have of yourself as being seen through His eyes and established with His thoughts.
"As followers of Jesus, we must look beyond people, things, and circumstances to meet our needs. All of these are unstable and inadequate, and if we depend on them, we will fail. Moving in the direction of the flesh will not meet our needs; at best it can only provide a deceptive facade of security and significance. Instead, we must dare to believe that if everything else is taken away, our God is enough. This does not minimize the fact that there will be pain when relationships break down and when failure and rejection occur. These things are painful, but they will not destroy us when we derive our self-image from God rather than people. From an ultimate standpoint, we are loved, we are significant, and we are competent, but only in Him and only in the plan to which He calls us."
— Kenneth Boa "Conformed to His Image"3
Our sense of security and belonging are found in Him alone where they cannot be manipulated by the thoughts, opinions, and behaviors of others. As long as our satisfaction is dependent on others the devil can lead us around by the nose. He cannot do that when our eyes are firmly fixed on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb 12:2)
For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
— Psalm 96:4-9
The word glory in this verse means weighty. How much weight are we giving the living Words that God is speaking to our hearts compared to the other messages that we have allowed to bear more weight than the words of God?
He is asking us to place Him and His thoughts towards us on the scales of our consideration and allow His thoughts to tip the scales in favor of the weightiness of His love for us.
This passage says to fear Him..to fear Him means to be so enamored with Him that we fear no other. We live in a culture where we measure ourselves and compare ourselves with others. Our greatest fear is public humiliation rather than fearing or caring what God thinks of us.
We can consider these "other gods" how much time do we spend fashioning and forming thoughts fantasies in our hearts and minds of things or situations we think will satisfy? The Old Testament uses a very literal example of forming and fashioning idols to suit the needs of the people which seems ridiculous to us but we do the very same thing in our hearts when we imagine someone or something else coming to our rescue.
Fuschia Pickett in her book "Worship Him" quotes:
"The Old English spelling of the word (worship) is worthship, which aptly conveys the idea that the one to whom we show honor has worth. Worship is not and arrogant demand of God toward His creatures: it is rather the natural response from grateful hearts that comprehend the infinite worthship of God." (1)
God does not ask us to give Him glory and strength because He is lacking these qualities and He is not asking us to boost His ego so He can feel better about Himself because of our adoration. He asks us to give Him glory and strength in our own souls because in order for Him to show Himself strong on our behalf. He must have our permission to do so. When our souls acknowledge these qualities and worship Him as such He is granted our permission to bear the weight of His goodness on our hearts, souls, and lives. We give Him room to move.
Sometimes we give God only minutes to convince us of His truths while we give our thoughts free reign for hours in our imaginations replaying and rehearsing the wrongs committed against us, our own wrongs, and our own limited conclusions of what it all means about us. He is asking us to devote to Him the same amount of energy, time, and devotion to His thoughts that He may be Lord and have the prevailing influence over our lives, thoughts, actions, and reactions based on truth and His infinite wisdom and understanding.
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine (joy and peace) and milk (nurture and satisfaction) Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.
— Isaiah 55:1-3
How do we buy this wine (joy and peace) and milk (nurture and satisfaction) without money?
"Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.3 Incline your ear, and come to Me."
Jean Karau my Bible Study teacher of twenty years once told us that we buy these things with our ears and our attention. These key words for listening are the same key words used in Psalm 45 passage we are studying.
What or who we choose to listen to and who we choose to run to is so deeply relevant to the grasping of what it is we are looking for. I would further say that it is more about who we are looking for because once we find Him we find it.
Our biggest problem as women is that if we aren't feeling it, it must not be so. Feelings are important but they were never intended to sit on the throne of our hearts and dictate or govern every thought, decision, and behavior. Nor were our feelings intended to decide what is true or false. They are simply indicators of what is going on in our hearts.
Let me explain an example of the purpose and position of our emotions as seen through the Old Testament Tabernacle which is a type and picture of ourselves as a temple of God and His intentions on how He can dwell there. Of course, Jesus is our first example of how this works and everything in the Tabernacle speaks of Him but I would like to look at it from a personal perspective.
Tabernacle arrangement of furniture as it relates to our emotions
Before the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies (the place where God dwells) there were a few pit stops he had to make. First and foremost was in the outer court where the rituals representing the forgiveness of sin took place. The first step to anything is establishing a relationship with Christ through the forgiveness of sin by the sacrifice of Christ.
Next, the High Priest would enter the inner court where there were three significant pieces of furniture. The first one was the table of bread and it represented the will. Next, there was the lamp stand table and this represented the mind lastly was the altar of incense and this represented the emotions. Our soul consists of three parts the mind, the will, and the emotions.
The High Priest was instructed to visit these tables in a specific order. Visiting the table of bread (the will) indicates that we are to make a decision first. Who are we going to follow? What are we going to listen to? Next, he was instructed to visit the candlestick table (mind) meaning that once we have made a decision we order our thoughts in that direction. Lastly, before entering into God's presence was the altar of incense (emotions) suggesting that what we have decided and think can now be responded to. Emotions are subject to the decisions that are made and the thought processes that were directed along with it.
Most of us have misused the machine God intended for good by running to the altar of incense (emotions) first and allow our minds to be persuaded by them and then make foolish decisions based upon them. It is backward for sure. Consulting our feelings for the truth about life is dangerous.
Our feelings are beautiful and precious but they are not reliable guides in life. God gave them to us that we might respond to the truth not dictate it. We should pay attention to our negative feelings as indicators that there is a place in our hearts that have not yet been surrendered to the dictates of His love.
This is where our cooperation takes place.
Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!
— Isaiah 52:2
We have learned to see ourselves as victims and before knowing Jesus we truly are victims of our circumstances and to the enemy who hates us. Stasi Eldredge in her book "Captivating" alludes to the enemies desire to destroy us from the time we are born because we represent the beauty of God which he once had and because he knows the power we contain under the Lordship of Jesus. God is asking us here to rise up out of the dust and take our positions as daughters of the King and no longer remain a victim.
The word dust is a symbol of humiliation, feelings of insignificance, inferiority, and rejection. He tells us to rise up out of these things and shake them off so we can sit down and take our positions.
Our position and privilege of being a kings daughter are one of authority.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
— Luke 10:19
He has given us His name.
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
— John 14:14
He has given us His Word.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
— John 15:7
He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
— John 14:26
...that we might take every thought captive and bring it under the obedience to His truth.
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
— II Corinthians 10:5
We do not wage war with human plans and methods. We use God's mighty weapons to knock down strongholds (thought patterns and soul trenches) which keep us from knowing God and His great love.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
— Ephesians 6:12
In the book of Esther, the evil Haman issues a decree to totally destroy and annihilate the Jewish people. Just as the enemy has issued his decrees against us. When "Queen" Esther discovers this she sets out to seek the Lord in the matter through fasting and prayer. Her next order of business is to expose the enemy. We must expose who the real enemy is. It is not flesh and blood. After this, she attempts to change the decree but she can't because it is already out there and once the King decrees something it cannot be changed, but what he tells her is this. She has the authority to issue a new decree that people can fight for their rightful positions. A new decree has been issued and we have the right to procure our positions through our relationship with Jesus we are new creatures in Christ and destined for new and better futures. We need to seek the Lord, expose the enemy and issue the new decrees. Hallelujah!!
In the book of Esther the evil Haman issues a decree to totally destroy and annihilate the Jewish people. Just as the enemy has issued his decrees against us. When "Queen" Esther discovers this she sets out to seek the Lord in the matter through fasting and prayer. Her next order of business is to expose the enemy. We must expose who the real enemy is..not flesh and blood. After this she attempts to change the decree but she can't because it is already out there and once the King decrees something it cannot be changed, but what he tells her is this. She has the authority to issue a new decree that people can fight for their rightful positions. A new decree has been issued and we have the right to procure our positions through our relationship with Jesus we are new creatures in Christ and destined for new and better futures. We need to seek the lord, expose the enemy and issue the new decrees. Hallelujah!!
In wrapping up this section on worship I would like to share a little insight concerning past pain and unforgiveness.
Unforgiveness can be a form of worship believe it or not. Unforgiveness is granting someone or an event the privilege of occupying territory in our soul. It is the beginning seeds of hatred that will eventually take root in forms of bitterness that will wrap tendrils of hostile venom that grip around every corner of our soul giving path for it to seep into our conversations, attitudes, and behavior, affecting all that we do, all that we think and inevitably end up sharing it with whomever we come into contact with.
looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
— Hebrews 12:15
It is the same process of how love is supposed to work. God wants His love to occupy the territory of our soul in such a way that it fills every corner of our being and seeps out into our conversations, attitudes, and behaviors and affects all that we do and think and inevitably share it with whomever we come into contact with. It really is all about who we worship
It is normal to feel pain from being injured by another. Where it turns to worship is the point where we exalt the power of that person to influence how we think, behave, and feel about ourselves. Not to mention we become what we behold most intently. We become what we worship. (Psalm 135:18)
There may have been events in our lives that may have shaken us to the core, maybe in the past or presently. I believe that God affords us the privilege of pouring our hearts and our pain before Him. He allows time for grieving and processing things. But there comes a time when He asks us what we are going to do with it. We must ask ourselves are we going to carry a pack full of lies with us for the rest of our lives concerning it or are we going to take our pain to the master physician and seek His healing and apply His truths to our souls.
"We honor God when we allow Him to define us and tell us who we are regardless of our feelings or experiences to the contrary" ~ Kenneth Boa "Conformed to His Image"
Part Six the conclusion of this series of this series will summarize our journey and look at the end result of the original plan of God that we as women would be a powerfully influential being accomplishing His will and purposes in the earth.
(1)*"Worship Him" by Fuchsia Pickett, Th.D., D.D. Published by Creation House copyright 2000
(2)*"Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge published by Nelson Books copyright 2005
(3) *"Conformed to His Image" by Kenneth Boa Zondervan Publishing Copyright 2001
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