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Modern worshippers do not see Christianity in the context of God coming to us. They persist in their New Worship goal of elevating man to God by reminiscing over the Old Worship according to the Mosaic Law held in temples that have long since passed into history. As testified by Anne Murchison in Praise and Worship, One day as I was meditating on the lifting up of hands to the Lord, I saw myself standing in praise to God with my hands extended heavenward, and I saw the Shekinah glory of God descend between those uplifted arms, much as is described in the Bible when the glory of Gods presence came to rest between the wings of the cherubim on the mercy seat in the tabernacle. . . praise and worship are Gods throne. . . As we lift our hearts, our hands and our voices to praise God, He enthrones Himself in our midst.
The idea of God enthroning
Himself in our praises is from Psalm 22 which states: But You are holy, enthroned in
the praises of
The nearness of God is what enthroned or inhabits is all about. As Psalm 22 opens up we see David moaning about being forsaken by God. The imagery of God enthroning Himself in our midst follows this complaint to let us know that in spite of the fact that God seems far away, He is actually near in our time of need and is constantly caring for us. Therefore, this Psalm is about Gods provision. Charles Spurgeon revealed with that in mind in his Morning and Evening Devotional: There are seasons when the brightness of our Father's smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us.
Intimacy with God is what is meant when it says God enthrones Himself in our praises. And the best way to see victory in the midst of apparent defeat is to praise the Lord. There is no better way to realize that God is always there than to glorify Him. As the Psalms assure us, that is where hope and assurance come from. And as soon as we take our eyes off of our problems and place them on who God is and what He does we will soon experience that closeness to God that we seek after. Hence Spurgeon concluded: O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God's face, but art now in darkness, remember that He has not really forsaken thee. God in the clouds is as much our God as when He shines forth in all the lustre of His grace.
To listen to the interpretations of New Worshippers you would be led to believe that because God enthrones Himself in our praises He is likewise obliged to carry his throne around with Him wherever He goes so that He can beckon to our every call. There can be no doubt that God inhabits the praises of His people even as they glorify Him. But this is not to say that worship is all about closing our eyes while singing New Worship love texts and mantras in order to enter into the supernatural world to sit at Gods throne and behold His glory. And the reference to enthroned is not about establishing Gods kingdom on earth as so many contemporary New Worshippers claim. Though Gods purposes are advanced as we declare His praises, He will take care of establishing His Kingdom in His own time. (Rev 21) The fact that God inhabits our praises is assurance for us in our time of need and loneliness. This should be enough.
And so we see that for the sake New Worship modern gurus merely find themselves clamoring after old news of no real value to Christians today. Their efforts to elevate themselves into the supernatural world through ancient pagan worship practices designed to promote mankind to god-hood are merely a distraction from the real thing.
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