Theme: Affirming His Greatness In Worship
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them (Acts 13:2).
Luke, by the inspiration of the Spirit, pens for us how certain prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch ministered to the Lord and fasted, and received guidance and instruction from the Lord. Notice they didn’t have to cry, scream, bawl or wail, "Lord, we want to hear your voice; please speak to us." All they did was that they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, and He blessed them with His Word and guidance.
How do you minister to the Lord? It’s by worshiping Him, singing, and affirming His praise, making confessions to His Name. The way to make confession to His Name is to affirm His greatness and to declare what He’s done; you proclaim His marvellous works, and attribute the goodness in the world, and the blessings you enjoy, to His mighty Name. You affirm the beautiful things He’s done in your life. And, you confess and speak words that are consistent with what He’s said about Himself.
Hebrews 13:15 says, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." The phrase "giving thanks" is the Greek word "homologeo," which means, "to make confessions to His Name." This is different from just saying, "I thank you Lord"; rather, you consciously make confession to the greatness of His Name.
You can do that even now! Tell Him how worthy He is, and how He’s given you an indestructible, indomitable and impregnable life. Affirm that He’s the strong and breasted One; the most-high God; the living and faithful God, the healer, the provider and supplier of all good things. Declare that He’s greater than all. As you reverently utter these beautiful words to the Lord in worship, you’re ministering to Him. In turn, He’ll minister to you and speak words to you that’ll launch you into your next and greater level of glory.
Dear Father, you alone are worthy of all praise, and I extol your mighty Name; you’re the healer, the provider, and supplier of all good things; you’re greater than all. Your Name is great and your dominion is everlasting; your love, mercies and compassion fills the earth! You’re glorified in my life, and in all the earth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study: Revelation 7:11-12; Revelation 19:1; Psalm 98:1-4 : Revelation 10 Micah 1-3: Revelation 15:1-8 Habakkuk 3