"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Love Lifts Me Higher

“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7)

I’ve been writing a lot about heights, mountains, towers and high places lately. Perhaps God is trying to get me to see things from a different perspective. He certainly used the mountains a lot in the bible as well. Could it be that the higher we go, the greater the potential that we will change our perspectives?

When my mother died, the Lord put it upon my heart to worship Him in dance and song.  He knew that dance was once one of my favorite activities, and so we are to use our talents to worship the Lord.   During one of the worst times of my life, I began to worship as the Lord had requested, to the song, “You Raise Me Up,” and I felt as though I was being transported to another realm, where my sadness and grief were turned into an inexplicable joy.  Like everything was going to be okay.  It’s when we sit and let our sorrows take over, that we drown spiritually.  There is a time for grieving and mourning, absolutely.  Being in nursing I’ve seen that it is very important to grieve.  But there is also a time to sing, and dance.  (Ecclesiastes 3)

God asked Moses to go up to the mountain on different occasions. Jesus also went to the mountains to pray.  Perhaps God is prompting me once again that I need to be viewing situations from a higher perspective, than my own. Try to see through God’s eyes, by diving into his word more, pray more, and seek him more.  Enter into a new realm of revelation.

“Hindsight is twenty twenty.” Perhaps we should take off our rose colored glasses, and put on God’s reading glasses. His view of things in his word, can alter our perceptions in life completely. A lot of times we see things from the most natural viewpoint; however, God doesn’t work in the natural. He is a supernatural being, and therefore, a lot of what he does is behind the scenes. If you think for a second God has forgotten you, you are wrong. Waiting for an answer from God can seem like forever, but we need to try and be still and know that He is working on things.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – God

It’s not always easy when you are in the middle of what seems like an endless battle, but we have God, and we also have the people he puts in our lives to help us stand when we can’t.  Our battles are never completely our own to begin with.  The battle is the Lords.  ( 2 Chronicles 20:15) The body of Christ is so important. When Moses felt at his worse, his brothers in the lord gathered around him, and helped him lift his arms toward heaven, and a battle was won.

“Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset.” – Exodus 17:12

When we raise our voices in song, and raise our hands in worship, we are exalted to higher places. Battles happen in the heavens, and victories are won. There is a power in worship, because it takes our focus off our problem, and we re-focus on God. God is able to do so much through our worship.

Worship is even great for our health. Healing can take place during worship. To worship through something, is the greatest gift God has given us.  Music is God’s creation, it’s no wonder it’s so soothing for the soul. We can find music in nature as well – the rushing sound of wind, the waters, the birds singing. Even thunderstorms, can have a calming effect.  At least they do on me.

Music can give us confidence, release stress, improve our immune function and well being. It brings us socialization, when we enjoy it together. God enjoys when we worship together, in fact He joins in.   God inhabits the praises of His people.  (Psalm 22:3)  Angels have even been known to join in on worship.  Worship is our greatest tool in battle.

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20

You don’t have to physically climb a mountain, but when you close your eyes and begin to worship the Lord, it is as though you are in heaven with Him.  His Love lifts us to higher places!   God says, “Come up higher!”  (Revelation 11:12)

“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” – Psalm 121:1-2



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