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Worship the Lord and become a watered garden




Worship the Lord and become a watered garden


Is there anything as pleasant to visit on a hot, summer day, than a beautiful, well-maintained, watered garden, with shade trees and cool water flowing?  Such a garden is refreshing to most people.  The Lord wants to transform the lives of His sons and daughters, spiritually, into beautiful, watered gardens as an oasis to those in a dry and thirsty land, as well as to minister to His children with His streams, rivers and plantings. One of the ways He does this amazing work is through worship. God had a plan for getting worship into the earth from the beginning.  Even after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, where the Lord had fellowship with them and provided everything they could possibly ever need, His plan to receive worship from the heart of man, the crown of His creation, proceeded in spite of the sin and frailties of mankind. Lucifer, who had been the archangel over worship in heaven before His rebellion against God, (Ezekiel 28), didn’t come close to thwarting the plan of God to receive man's worship, of which He is worthy.  The Lord created us, and He is intently interested in freeing man from all kinds of bondages conceived by the devil.  He knows how worship changes us into the image of Jesus. As early as Genesis 4, the Lord saw to it that a man was born into the earth who would be skilled in music and worship.  “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.” Genesis 4:21 Jubal was the son of Lamech, seventh from Adam, and he was the great-grandson of Enoch, the man who walked so closely with God, that the Lord took Enoch up into heaven without his passing through death. Jubal was of the lineage of Seth, aslo, as recorded in Genesis 5.  He was an inventor of musical instruments. Jubal (03106 Strong's) is a Hebrew word which means "streams, a river, moist country."  The English words, "jubilee,"jubilant", and "jubilation," are derivatives of the name, Jubal.  It is not difficult to make the connection between a word that means, streams, river, or watered country and words such as jubilation.  "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad (jubilant) the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High."  Psalm 46:4 The opposite of a watered country or gardens is a desert, a wasteland, not words which bring joyful thoughts to the human mind or heart. Other verses which agree with the link between worship and jubilation, a derivative of Jubal, and streams, rivers, watered country or gardens, abound. "Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert."  Isaiah 35:6 “How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.” Numbers 24: 5-6 The Lord's comparison of worship to flowing streams and a moist, or watered, country is intentional, expressing the purposes of God in His children’s lives, as ones who have the Lord abiding within.  We need to just stop and meditate on the reality that WE HAVE THE LORD ABIDING WITHIN OUR HEARTS!  THE LORD IS COME TO DWELL IN YOU AND ME!  His desire for our lives is that we live in love, in peace, and in joy, bearing all the nine fruit of the Spirit. When we are carrying hurts, bruises, or scars from a broken relationship, it is impossible to worship the Lord and dwell on hurt feelings, or bondages of the enemy, at the same time that we are worshipping.  Worship will wash away these assaults on our souls in its everflowing streams.  Keeping worship music on in our homes helps us to remain in worship, which is essential in life's trials.  It helps us to hold our gaze on Jesus, instead of dwelling on a troubling situation or circumstance. There are numerous Hebrew and Greek words which are translated praise and worship.   Singing, dancing, clapping, shouting, spinning with great joy--all of these are forms of worship given to us by the Lord.  Worship is a pure stream flowing from heaven through the spirit or heart, by the Holy Spirit from the children of the Father.  It unseats ’self’ from the throne of our hearts and gives the throne to Jesus.  He becomes the King of our hearts.  We place Jesus  in charge of our lives as we worship Him. The pure stream of heart worship to the Lord in a person’s life dislodges all the debris of hurts, unforgiveness, sin, rebellion and every bondage of the enemy, that he would want to use to stop the flow of life in the child of God as a worship unto the Lord.  Worship and praise are used by the Holy Spirit in healing physical sickness, because it rids people of the influences of spirits of infirmity.  Jesus said, "Shouldn't this daughter of Abraham be loosed of this infirmity, after being bowed over, suffering these eighteen years?"  The enemy and his cloven footprints will not stay long around a worshipping son or daughter of God.  We know that Christians cannot have demon possession, because we are possessed by the Holy Spirit.  But, we know, also, that the enemy tries to influence the lives and health of Christians.  We put him on the run with faith in the Word of God, the Sword, and worship, one of the offensive weapons which the Lord has given us against Satan.  "Praise stills the avenger," the psalmist said. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." Isaiah 51:3 Worship is a very powerful and pure stream. It emanates from the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is the dunamis (Greek) of God, or God’s great dynamo. There is no devil or evil of any kind that can withstand God’s dynamo of worship from the heart of His child. This is one of the reasons why worship in our daily lives is so very important. Worshipping with the saints in a gathering multiplies the power many times over. The devil won’t stay in the presence of worship to the living God. He flees from it, because the combined power of the Holy Spirit and the empowered heart of the child of God is way too much for him. "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; ...to bind their (demon) kings with chains, and their nobles wih fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written:  this honor have all his saints.  Praise ye the Lord."  Psalm 149:6, 8-9  God’s Word, which is forever settled in heaven, promises us victory as we worship and praise Him.  A very important part of a godly walk with the Lord is worship, making us like that tree planted by the rivers of water. Lest anyone think that only the Old Testament scriptures teach us to worship the Lord, the New Testament teaches worship and praise in abundance.   And why shouldn't it?  Our Lord has accomplished His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in every book of the New Testament.  All the more reason to worship and praise Him continually from our hearts! "And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, 'I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.' "  Luke 19:37-40 "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the  people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."  Acts 2:46-47 "And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up:  and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God."  Acts 3:6-8 "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:  and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken:  and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."  Acts 16:25-26 "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 'And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."  Revelation 7:9-10 "And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."  Revelation 22:1 "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athrist come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."  Revelation 22:17
"And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."  Isaiah 58:11 "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." Isaiah 61:11 Scriptures which invite and command us as sons and daugthers of God, to worship Him, in singing, shouting, clapping, dancing unto the Lord, abound in both the Old and New Testaments, and fittingly so. We have a Wonderful God Who is worthy of all praise, worship, glory, and honor!  As we worship and glorify Him, He makes us like a stream, a watered garden. Do you need an oasis for all the dry places in your life today?  Worship Him!






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