The Value Of Pure Worship
Wade E Taylor
True worship is born of, and directed by, the Holy Spirit.
This is the reason why Christians, who have never been together
before, can worship the Lord in beautiful harmony and flow
of expression. A casual observer might think that they had
been worshipping together for years
Worship will bring unity into a Christian meeting. It releases
the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon the service, and stirs
an awareness of the Lord’s presence within those who
are worshipping. The Holy Spirit readily imparts the anointed
power that lifts “corporate worship” into a flow
of harmonious expression. As worshippers rise into the “manifest
presence” of the Lord, as they continue to worship,
they will progressively come into a greater purity and flow
of spirit, and begin to move in prophetic revelation.
Our ability to flow together in audible worship relates to
the fact that, as a part of our salvation experience, we received
the ability to express worship to the Lord. This “spirit
of worship” quietly abides deep within each of us, and
awaits an opportunity for expression. All that is needed for
us to begin worshipping the Lord, is the proper atmosphere
and a little encouragement.
Within the Body of Christ , there are many different levels
and expressions of worship. The first time I attended a Full
Gospel meeting, I was greatly disturbed by the loud audible
praise, and desired to leave. I understood “blessed
quietness,” but I had never heard everyone in a service
singing and praising the Lord freely, and loudly. Today, I
am eternally thankful that the Lord had His way, for I have
entered into this same spiritual freedom and expression of
Worship increases our desire to be in the Lord’s presence.
It is a key to our becoming sensitive to His presence, and
to our learning to recognize His voice. As we are faithful
in our expression of worship to the Lord, we will become increasingly
more aware of His abiding presence, and we will more easily
discern His voice. Our vocal worship will do much in helping
to develop these spiritual qualities within us.
Moses both knew and valued the presence of the Lord.
“And He (the Lord) said, My presence shall go with
you, and I will
give you rest. And he (Moses) said to Him, If Your presence
with me, carry us not up hence.” Exodus 33:14-15.
This intense desire within Moses to have the presence of
the Lord abide with him did not just happen. It came through
circumstances that caused him to diligently seek the abiding
presence of the Lord.
Though Moses was “learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts
7:22), he failed in his attempt to fulfill his calling and
deliver an Israelite, and fled into the wilderness. Here,
while keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, he pursued
the call that rested upon his life, as he journeyed toward
the mountain of God.
As he traveled, he noticed, at a distance to the side of
his path, a bush which burned with fire but was not consumed.
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame
of fire out
of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush
with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2.
After Moses noticed this burning bush, he said,
“I will now turn aside, and see this great sight,
why the bush
is not burned.” Exodus 3:3.
“I will now turn aside.” This speaks of something
within Moses, that both desired and was responsive, to the
presence of the Lord. Notice that the Lord appeared in a bush
that was “a distance to the side” of the path
that Moses was taking, even though he was moving toward the
mountain of God. This is because the Lord desires to be wanted,
and seeks a response from us that indicates our desire for
His presence. He chooses to reveal Himself in such a way that
it requires a deliberate action on our part, as an indication
of our true desire for His presence.
Our having this “bent of spirit,” or “spiritual
aptitude” toward the Lord’s presence, does not
come easily. It must be actively desired, sought after, and
cultivated. “Worship” is a key to our developing
this spiritual sensitivity and aptitude for His abiding presence.
“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God
called to him
out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And
Here am I.” Exodus 3:4.
Although Moses was intent on moving toward the mountain that
pertained to God, he desired the presence of the Lord so much
that he willingly responded to this manifestation of the supernatural,
and turned toward it. He was obedient to the voice of the
Lord, though at the time he did not understand what was taking
Each of us are affected by the worldly environment that surrounds
us. As a result of this, we develop varying amounts of sensitivity
to “earthy” things. When we became “Born
Again,” we received the capacity to recognize and respond
to, “spiritual” things. Through the working of
the Holy Spirit within us, we began to understand that we
are now a new creation, and have entered a new and higher
realm of life. We learn that the purpose of the Lord is not
to build up the temporal, but rather, to introduce us to the
spiritual. This understanding will help us to turn aside from
lesser things, and to focus our attention on cultivating an
increasing sensitivity to His presence and voice.
There is an urgent need for an increase in the quality of
our worship. As our worship increases in harmony and purity,
the presence of the Lord will also increases in our services.
Those who are spiritually hungry will be drawn by this manifestation
of His presence, and will turn aside to worship the Lord with
us. The presence of the Lord will draw those who are truly
While I was a student in Bible school, I learned a very important
spiritual principle from one of my teachers, Walter Beuttler.
He said, “The Lord appreciates being appreciated.”
This expresses something very close to the heart of God. We
all desire to be appreciated, but the Lord uniquely appreciates,
and responds to His being appreciated. He shares His presence
with those who let Him know they appreciate Him, especially
through their worship.
Our worship is tremendously important. Our music, our worship,
everything that we do in a service, should be directed toward
coming into the experience of His revealed presence. We should
develop our spiritual sensitivity, so we will be able to recognize
His presence and turn aside, as He comes into our meetings.
When Moses responded and turned aside, the Lord imparted
instructions, which led to the deliverance of His people from
bondage. As Moses stood in the manifested presence of the
Lord, he was both enabled and empowered to lead them into
a land that flowed with milk and honey.
Worship hinders the functioning of demons and principalities,
and leads to deliverance. As we respond to His presence and
worship Him, there will come the deliverance we so desperately
The value of our worship is far more than we may realize,
and brings deep inner satisfaction.