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June 12, 2007 / David Lindner

Healing in Worship Part 2

Physical healing in times of worship is something I believe we are less familiar with here in these United States. For whatever reason we don’t seem to hear much about those who are healed as a direct result of worship (theirs or those around them).

Healing through worship is a tough topic because it delves into areas of which there aren’t many scriptures that give directions on how to be healed through worship. However, we can deduct from some passages and Biblical definitions of worship a “Theology of Healing through worship.”
Think about how William Temple, the great Anglican Theologian defined worship: ‘Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose.” All this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions. (Ravi Zacharias added the final sentence to this definition in his message Leadership Workshop Seminar part 2 of 6)
It is only through the living out of a right definition of worship that we can experience things in worship. Remember worship isn’t about us. Worship is about giving ourselves to God. Complete submission of our complete selves. Think on these Scriptures: “Seek first the kingdom of the Lord & his righteousness.” “You shall search for me & find me when you shall search for me with all of your heart.” “If any man shall come after me, he shall deny himself, take up his cross & follow me.” “As a man thinketh in his heart so he is.” “Out of the heart are the issues of life.”

I know that I can’t say that I have been living up to these scriptures with all of my heart. Have I truly been searching for the Lord with all of my heart? Have I denied myself and taken on the cross I have been called to bear? But, I believe that last passage has a tremendous affect on our worship. What issues are there in our heart? What might there be that is keeping us from true, unhindered, unadulterated worship? Living in America there are plenty of things to distract us. Busyness, work, keeping up with the Jones’ – so many things that can the place in our heart that God carved out for himself. We really can’t serve two masters, we can only serve God alone.

What does this have to do with healing in worship? I truly believe that we can experience true healing in worship here in America, but we are so preoccupied with the things around us that we rarely enter into times of worship where we completely submit our complete selves to God. We are distracted with our preferences in styles of worship, we are distracted with things going on in our life, we are distracted with others lives conflicting with ours. Many of these things may be good things, but anything that gets in the way of our worship of God is doing just that – getting in the way. This, I believe, I believe is part of why healing in worship happens so much more frequently on the mission field than it does in our churches. The congregations on the mission fields are not distracted as much as we are, thus they are able to devote all of themselves to being where they are. (wherever you are, be all there).

It is when we are able to come into God’s presence with no distractions that healing through worship can take place. God is our Jehovah Rapha, – God our healer. He wants to heal us, we just need to worship in faith – the same faith we have in God – and he will do so.

I am not saying that God doesn’t choose to heal some people. After all, God is God and I am not. I cannot speak for Him. So, I am not guaranteeing that if you or someone you know has some kind of sickness that they will be healed by worshipping in this way, but I do believe it is possible. Nothing is impossible with God. Sometimes praise demands a sacrifice, can we worship even then?

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