Hunger, Word & Worship!
Day 26; 26 represents the gospel of Christ this so resonates with today's devotion.
Col. 3:14-17 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
The Spirit of the Lord says; come to Me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. I AM He who fills the longing soul. I AM He who fills the hunger soul with good things. I AM He who revives the weary one, come unto Me and I will bring revival to your soul. Those you hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Speak to yourself; say, soul trust in and hunger for God. Soul, trust in and hunger for His Word. Soul, worship the Living God! Sing, spring up O well of living water in me. Worship Me and you will be revived says the Lord.
Josiah reformation principles continue...
- He Enters Into Strong Hunger And Desire For God
2 Chronicles 34:3 …he began to seek the God of his father David, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah…
The primary activity of a true reformation is a corporate re-connection with God through the revival of the spirit of hunger among the people.
Psalm 63: 1-2 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; I will seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, as in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; so I have seen You in the holy place, seeing Your power and Your glory.
* 'seeking God’ involves active study, seeking with a degree of application and carefulness, engaging in a pursuit...It’s this pursuit that leads Josiah to purge Judah and Jerusalem:
- He Redefines Worship And Yokes It To Purpose
2 Chronicles 34:12b -13 … and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments. They were also over the burden bearers, and supervised all the workmen from job to job; and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.
Josiah lifts the worship from simply a musical preamble to a clear governmental dimension in his reformation. He lifts skill with the musical instruments to the lifting of burdens in the building process and the regulations and supervision of the work.
This is a clear prophetic indicator of the extreme importance of music, singing, and worship in the working out of the reformation process in the Church today!
Chuck Pierce says, "New Songs Break Old Cycles."
In every reformation, music, and singing, was of great importance.
Numbers 21:16-18 From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water." Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing to it! "The well, which the leaders dug, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter and with their staffs."And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah…Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O Well! All of you sing to it…by the decree of the lawgiver.
This is a stopping place for the impartation of new life, of restoration, of reforming attitudes and re-alignment for the rest of the journey.
What an effective prophetic picture of a place and time of reformation, brought by divine decree and Kingdom order within the Body of Christ, as the discouraging wilderness is transformed into a place of regained strength.
This governmental activity which brings life occurs in the midst of corporate singing and worship as the people sing the songs and command life to flow into their situation.
- He Re-affirms The Priority of the Word of God
2 Chron. 34:14-16, 19 … the priest found the book of the law of the LORD… "I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphanbrought the book to the king… thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
The living core of every accurate reformational move of God is a return to the unchallenged authority of the Word of God over human hearts. As in Josiah’s reformation, so too in the reformation of the Church today, the Word of the Lord must lift us to new levels of sensitivity and accountability to the divine standards found written in the Bible.
Heb 4:12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Jer 23:29"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?
The Word of God is the fire that enflames human hearts to this new level. It asserts itself as the literal authority and speaking of God in the midst of His Church.
Read: Ps. 42; Jer. 15:16; Rev.8:9-14
Take Action: Spring up O well!
- Take stock of your hunger for the things of God. Ask for more hunger.
- Take stock of your Bible reading or study times. Ask for an increase of desire for God'sWord.
- Take stock of your times of worship; is it only at church services. Ask for a heart that overflows with worship. Worship Him!
Declare: I will sing unto the Lord and the enemy that seeks to steal my hunger, my desire for God's Word, and my heart of worship will be silenced. Spring up, Oh well!