Here, I will share notes on a class that I was asked to lead.
It was in 2016. The Pastor of a local Church in my hometown had asked me to come in and do a class on ‘Praise and Worship‘.
After I was asked, I didn’t get the opportunity to go into this Church and present it. Do I know why? Not really, as I had prepared and was excited to do so! One thought, the Pastor had quite a bit of age on him and may have forgotten? Whatever the reason, I could not reach him and his wife back about it.
Some of the notes and just thoughts that were prepared on ‘Praise and Worship‘ are as follows. I hope this will just be a blessing to someone.
We should be free to raise our hands in Praise and Worship whenever we are with a body of believers. You see I loved this Church, but they were not free in their worship much. I longed for them to be set free. They were beautiful Christians just bound in some areas.
The Bible instructs us to lift up Holy hands!
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
1 Timothy 2:8.
In the class I was going to use a chalkboard and markers. Also I had planned to read a lot of Scriptures
and bring my tambourine and some C.D’s. So hoping for The LORD to get them out of their comfort zone!
God wants to stretch us all!
Thoughts to go into, was what made the Martyr’s praise? They surrendered to the point of dying for Jesus!
They overcome by the blood of the lamb; testimony and loved not their lives till the end. If they as dying could praise God, surely we can!
I remember reading the book when very young, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs“.
Some of us though are just called to be a living daily martyr! We surrender all but may not be required to actually die a martyr’s death.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11.
What destroys the yoke? The anointing does!
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” Isaiah 10:27.
By now, some of you on HKP may know, among my favorite scriptures are Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The children of Israel, before battle had the ‘Shofar’ blown. It is a ‘mighty sound’ bringing confusion into the enemy’s camp. The Shofar could be another lesson all in itself. It is a mighty weapon of praise, etc.
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Some scriptures to conclude:
“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” Psalm 30:11-12.
Make a joyful noise unto The LORD, all ye lands. Serve The LORD with gladness: Come before his presence with singing. Know ye that The LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For The LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5.
“Praise ye The LORD. O give thanks unto The LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who can utter the mighty acts of The LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.” Psalm 106:1-5.
Just in case someone should want to read, here is the other class below, I didn’t get to teach.
If God wants to use it for His glory now, so be it! We may get hindered in some things God has called us to do. Still we must not ever be defeated.
Our Father can still use the things that had to be stored on a shelf awhile. The important thing is we must be faithful, willing and obedient.
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God bless you all.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called as an Apostle of the faith by His grace. I am also a chaplain to the prisons, a Mother in the Kingdom of God and intercessor. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses are Matthew 11:28-30.