By Darlene Zschech
I’ve thought a lot about this term spiritual awakening… When we read Scripture we are reminded again and again to be awake and aware of the season we are living in and entrusted with, not to be lulled to sleep by comfort or fear (both can make you spiritually comatose). Rather to lean into what the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst and partner with Him as He leads.
To live like this is all the more urgent, for time is running out and you know it is a strategic hour in human history. It is time for us to wake up! For our full salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
Romans 13:11 (TPT)
I think we are all aware that our spiritual songs are resounding louder and louder and the glory of God is shining brighter and brighter, as it does when the earth gets darker and darker (Isa 60). The power of the worship of God is that it stands as a constant invitation to draw near to God. It is an invitation to “COME UP HERE,” to leave the worry and fear behind, to confront our sleepy stance, and literally awaken to the dramatic reality of the presence of God.
Consider this glorious scene where the Spirit of the Lord is calling John up and into heaven’s glorious domain—the majesty of eternal glory before him, a throne, a King, and His Kingdom:
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a [war] trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” At once I was in [special communication with] the Spirit; and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne.
Rev 4:1-2 AMP
See the perfection of heavenly clarity, of God’s Holy worth, all in crystal clear detail. And here is the beauty of worship once more, heaven intersecting with and expressed here on earth …. as true worship is our invitation to COME UP.
The Key To The Throneroom
Yes, with Jesus, there is always a “Come up here” moment to be had. This is called FAITH, as we wait in HOPE, discovering that the newness we’ve been waiting for is in fact within us, the Holy Spirit leading us into all things new.
Truthful worship gives us the tools we need to push past all the distractions and noise going on around us, so that we may enter His gates… so that we may COME UP HERE.
Coming up will ALWAYS REQUIRE FAITH, not FAKE. Fake cannot produce the miraculous, and fake cannot shake a mountain and throw it into the sea, and fake cannot heal a broken heart, and fake cannot rescue humanity from an eternity separated from God. OH BUT FAITH!! Yes, without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Heb 11:6), but with faith—even just the tiniest bit—all things are possible with Him.
Worship will help lead you by the hand from fear to love, from impossible to possible, from asleep to awake…from fake to faith.
God Himself desired John to come up higher as He called him into a deeper dimension of the Spirit. And I guess what I love, is that John just said “YES!”
We become like the one we worship. Don’t allow or invite the things happening around you to cause you to draw back from God’s presence, or His purpose on your life. Live awake… “Come up here…”
I believe with all my heart that as we stay attentive to what God is doing, we too, will continue to see the miraculous outworked in and around our lives in ways we never even dreamed of.
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Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor, author and speaker, and became most well known for her involvement in the worship team at Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia over many years. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, Darlene’s success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion for serving God and people with all her heart. Alongside her husband Mark, they are the Senior Pastors of Hope Unlimited Church (HopeUC) on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, which has now grown into India and the USA. As a composer, Darlene is perhaps most famous for the chorus “Shout to the Lord”, a song that is sung by millions of churchgoers every week and has been covered by many other artists. In addition to “Shout to the Lord”, Darlene has written many songs through solo projects: “Kiss of Heaven”, “Change Your World”, “You Are Love”, “In Jesus Name” and “Revealing Jesus”, a live worship album recorded with the Grammy Award winning Israel Houghton. Through the Compassionart project in 2008, Darlene was honoured to have the privilege of writing with some of the most generous-hearted worship writers and leaders of our day.