Making a Joyful Noise...
Praise and Worship...is that moment in time when the Father invites us to reach up and touch the Divine Essence in an intimate embrace.
It’s like prayer, that is, it's communicating with our Heavenly Father, except with a tune. It’s a time when we can allow the music to stir us so that our emotions are engaged thereby expressing our genuine love for who He is and for all that He has done for us.
It’s about being authentic in the most important relationship we can have.
Paul expressed it well when he wrote “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God…” Romans 12:1
…Therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips… Hebrews 13:15
If we are to present ourselves as a “living and holy sacrifice”, we need to find out how to fulfill that. Thank goodness that in Scripture, the Almighty has revealed to us His nature, power and glory and love and grace. He gives us great details about how He wants us to worship Him today.
Here is the key… “Without Blemish” (Leviticus 1:3; 3:1; 4:3; 5:15) God expects the best fruit we can offer.
As a body of believers, we are constantly in pursuit of the ‘heart of worship;’ we need to offer a sacrifice of praise, a living and holy sacrifice that is without blemish.
Yeshua instructed us in this very subject when he explained to the Samarian woman that “the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” John 4:23-24
This means we worship from the heart and the way our Heavenly Father has designed. True worship is felt inwardly, and then comes out through our actions.
Yeshua said it well in his prayer in John 17: “That they may know Thee, the only True God…”
To expound the word “know”, we might understand it like this… “That they might experience Your intimate embrace…”
In the words of one of our songs, this is expressed so innately:
Do you want to have a part with those who participate on stage during Praise and Worship?
Do you want to assist in helping others to “Cross Over”?
Here, during the Feast of Tabernacles, we use music as a tool, not to define worship, but rather as the melody upon which the liturgy will dance. Musicians, singers, dancers, signers, technical personnel, and many others combine their unique gifts to magnify the worth of our Heavenly Father and the redemptive work of Yeshua, presenting a delectable treasure for the gathered ecclesia to join in becoming that living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to the Most High.
In the fotVA Feast services, participation is more important than perfection...but minimum requirements for the singers and players on stage help keep from being a distraction to those trying to enter in.
If you are interested in lovingly presenting His Majesty in an authentic, clear, and compelling way in order to stir the emotions of the assembly and to usher them into authentic worship, then consider the Praise and Worship team to share your gift.
Praise and Worship Coordinator
Praise יה. Praise Him in His sanctuary: Praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: Praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise יה. Praise יה. Psalm 150