Wednesday, September 16, 2009

God's Power through Our Worship 9-16-09

Good morning, Lord Jesus. Welcome into my heart and into my day. ... "But Jehoshaphat said, 'Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?' Then one of the servants of the king of Israel (Jehoram) answered, 'Elisha son of Shaphat, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah is here.' Jehoshaphat said, 'The word of the Lord is with him.' So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom when down to him.... Elisha said, '.... get me a musician.' And then, while the musician was playing, the power of the Lord came on him" (2 Kings 3:11-15). Our praises go up and Your blessings come down. As we lift our hearts to You, You turn Your heart to us. Worship is a means of Your grace that aligns our hearts and minds with Yours, in the holy communion of prayer and praise. You open our ears and change our hearts as we behold Your glory. "And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18). In worship, the power of the Lord came upon Elisha. In worship, the prophet of God heard Your voice in order to know Your will. "Let me hear what the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His faithful, to those who turn to Him in their hearts" (Psalm 85:8). "O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. O that today you would listen to His voice!" (Psalm 95:6-7). We worship You because You are worthy of all praise. We worship You because we honor You and love You, because we give our hearts and our lives to You. In worship we humble ourselves to admit we need You and put our hope and trust in something infinitely greater than ourselves. And something happens to us as we worship. You equip us and empower us to lead us into victory over whatever would seek to overcome us: "Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the faithful.... For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with victory.... Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two edged-swords in their hands.... Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 149:1-9). Lord, I worship You today. Let the music of heaven rise in my spirit throughout my day. As I come to You in praise, would You come to me in power through my life and in Your world today. "Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before Him all the earth. Say among the nations, 'The Lord is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.' Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the forest of the trees sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with all His truth" (Psalm 96:9-13). Come, Lord Jesus, come (Revelation 22:20). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays Friends, please Come to The Fountain this Friday Night, September 18th at 7pm. The Fountain is a monthly gathering our ministry leads on the 3rd Friday Night of every month in the unity of the city-wide church for praise and healing worship. Come drink deeply the Living Waters of the One who wants to fill our hearts and flow through our lives by His Holy Spirit. This month, Jeff Green will be leading in worship and I will be leading in prayer. Hosted in the Chapel of Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Rd; Lexington, Kentucky. Contact Marilyn Walker, our Messiah Ministries Director of Ministries at or 859-422-1794. All are welcome! Please come and spread the word! You can order my books on-line, Free to be Like Jesus -- Transforming Power of Healing & Deliverance and Morning by Morning: or from All proceeds go to support the vision and calling of Messiah Ministries -- "Preparing the Way of the Lord ... Ministering the Healing Love of God". If you would like a copy of our recent Messiah Ministries Newsletter, Messiah's Messenger, in hard copy or by email, please send me a note at Subscribe by email to me at Messiah Ministries -- "Preparing the Way of the Lord ... Ministering the Healing Love of God" 2800 Tates Creek Rd; Lexington, KY 40502 Devotional Archives at: