PRAISE AND WORSHIP for students (Paperback)
Even as the Aaronic priests entered daily into the Tabernacle of Moses and later into Solomon's Temple, today we as believer-priests are to come daily into His Presence. The Tabernacle of Moses consisted of gates which led into the courts. All believers could come into the courts. The priests moved through the courts to minister to the Lord in the Holy Place. Once a year, the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies which contained the Ark of the Covenant. The Holy of Holies was the earthly counterpart of the heavenly throne room of God. The Ark, which was covered with the Mercy Seat was the earthly place, the type of the throne of God. To be in the Holy of Holies was to be in the very Presence of God. At the moment Jesus died on the cross, the veil which separated man from God was supernaturally torn from top to bottom. Man no longer needed to be separated from God because of sin. Man's sins could be forgiven. Now, men and women could boldly enter into God's Presence. Even as there was a progression of entering in by the Old Testament priests, there is a progression of entering in today, as we as believer-priests come daily into His Presence in praise and worship. We are to enter in daily in our own private time of praise. We are to enter in corporately, with the whole body, whenever we assemble together. To enter requires an act of obedience on our part. God desires that we enter into His Presence, but we must take the initiative to do so. We enter His gates with thanksgiving. We cannot enter His gates with ungrateful hearts. Our first songs as we are entering into praise should be ones that express our heartfelt thanksgiving unto the Lord. As we come through the gates, we are in the courtyard. There must be a progression of entering into His Presence. We are not ready to go charging into the Holy of Holies in the most intimate time of awesome worship, until we have first spent time in the courtyard. In the courts we are instructed to praise. Here we joyfully enter into singing, music, clapping and raising our hands and, oftentimes, in dancing before the Lord as we express our praise. As we linger in the courts of praise, we begin to feel a drawing within our spirits to come closer to God. Slowly, we are overcome by who He is. We begin to enter into a higher form of praise. We enter into the inner courts, into the Holy Place in worship. We should continue to draw closer to God. He desires to be intimate with His bride. But, we must press in, closer and closer, until we are totally at one with Him. How God desires these moments of intimacy with each one. Our hearts must be set, committed and continually long for these precious, holy, indescribable moments of true worship. Once we have entered in, we must not shrink back from His Presence. We must hold on and linger. As we do our lives will be changed. We are held so close, that an indelible impression of His character is made upon our spirits. The more time we spend totally in His Presence, totally intimate with Him, the more our spirits are conformed to His image, the more our lives will be changed into the image of His Son Jesus, the more we will become like Him.