Post Number: 14
|Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 7:59 am: || |
How is praise different for you now? For me, praise was something that I had to manufacture while I was an Adventist. It was something I was supposed to do, so I tried to muster up praises whenever I feeling guilty because my prayers were all about me and my problems. I would get emotional in the music I listened to and performed, but it was mostly just a reaction to the beauty of the music itself, which is fine, but it never went any deeper than that. Sometimes the lyrics would touch my heart, but it was more a longing that the grace spoken of in the words might be true. I've felt God drawing me my whole life, and because of that, I longed for Him, but Adventism taught me a different Gospel and gave me another Jesus to worship, and he didn't satisfy. now, as a born again believer, praise is something that just naturally flows! It's not something I have to produce anymore. My heart is bursting with praise for my beautiful, wonderful Jesus. I can't even describe what praise and worship means to me now. It is such an awesome, powerful experience. It's not something I have to do, it's something that just happens because what's not to love about Jesus? I love how the words to Christian songs actually mean something to me now, and I experience music on a whole new level now. I love the song by Matt Redman, "10,000 reasons," because that is EXACTLY how I feel about praising Jesus! Even when I die, "still my soul will sing Your praise unending; 10,000 years and then forevermore!" It's going to take eternity for my heart to express to Jesus what He means to me. He truly is the most Beautiful One.
Post Number: 742
|Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:16 am: || |
I feel the same way about Matt Redman's song~
'10,000 Reasons for my Heart to Sing'! I have it
bookmarked and listen to it often~ I never tire of
it and how it touches my heart~
JESUS CHRIST, is indeed, "the most Beautiful One."
Post Number: 14128
|Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10:13 pm: || |
Oh, I LOVE that song!! And I also love "The New Doxology" and "In Christ Alone".
Praise is new to me since being born again. "Song service" in Adventism was wearying. Now singing means something!
Eternal Joy, I had reactions almost exactly like yours. I would get emotional over music, but I reacted more with longing than with true worship. Sometimes I felt thankfulness in a general way, but not for salvation or for Jesus' blood and resurrection.
Post Number: 40
|Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 8:28 am: || |
I love In Christ Alone and Blessed Be The Name - my pastor refers to "the cathedral of you car" and my hour long commute becomes a singing out loud praise and worship time many mornings- there is so much anointed music - he also calls the musicians "minstrel warriors" - our God inhabits the praises of His people and He sent the musicians out before the troops!
Post Number: 318
|Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9:13 am: || |
The song service at our church is truly worship, and I've never experienced anything like it before! I start crying as soon as the music starts because the words are so true and beautiful. Sometimes I can't even sing because I'm so humbled yet at the same time I feel such joy. After the songs are over I feel like I've listend to a sermon. I wish you all could be there. It is awesome!
Post Number: 2880
|Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 4:18 pm: || |
I had nothing to praise the Lord for, when I was an Adventist, because I'd been taught that I'd be saved only if I kept doing my part of the bargain.
Now I can see His love, goodness and mercy!