Worship brings us into the presence of God where His glory manifests and we step into the glory realm, into the unusual, the supernatural where miracles, signs and wonders occur. We worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
There are seven key Hebrew words in the Bible that will help us to understand how to praise and worship God and come into His presence:
1) Towdah – meaning to offer thanksgiving; to offer a sacrifice of praise (Psalm 42:4; 50:23; 69:30; 107:22; Isaiah 51:3).
2) Barak – to bless; to give thanks and praise to God because He has given out of His abundance; to remember that He is the source of all blessings; to kneel (Psalm 31:21; 63:4; 72:12; 95:6).
3) Halal – meaning to make noise; to make a show or boast; to be clamorously foolish; to rave; to dance (Psalm 22:23, 26; 34:2; 35:18; 44:8; 56:4; 63:5; 69:30, 34; 74:21; 84:4; 148:1-7; 150:1,2).
4) Shabach – meaning to praise, commend or laud; to praise God for His mighty acts and deeds; to triumph in a loud voice (Psalm 63:3; 117:1; 145:4; 147:12).
5) Tehillah – meaning to sing, to laud, to give extravagant and high praise; imperative summons to praise Jehovah; festal jubilation; it is the doorway between praise and worship (Psalm 22:3;, 25; 33:1; 35:28; 40:3; 100:4; Isaiah 42:10; 60:18: 61:3).
6) Yadah – meaning to throw, thrust or cast away from; hands outstretched, into the air; to revere or worship with raised hands (Psalm 9:1; 28:7; 43:4, 5; 67:3; 86:12; 107:8, 15, 21, 31; 108:3; 138:1,2).
7) Zamar – meaning to celebrate with instruments; to make a melody; to praise the LORD skillfully upon an instrument; to touch the strings with the fingers; instrumental praise (Psalm 21:13; 33:2; 47:6, 7; 57:7; 68:4; 98:4; 144:9; 147:7; 149:3).
(Refer to the blog: Abundant Life through Worship at https://alexiscarucci.com for more information on worship).
What is the Glory of God? God is the glory and the glory is God. It is the manifestation of God’s presence, power and goodness on the earth in a visible way i.e. fire, cloud, light, healing, deliverance, etc. (Exodus 13:21, 22; 2 Chronicles 5:14; Luke 5:17; 11:20; John 11:40-44; Acts 2:3; Acts 9:3). It is His will, beauty, nature, splendor, majesty, wealth and the abundance of God. His plan is that the whole earth would be filled with the knowledge of His glory (Habakkuk 2:14; 1 Chronicles 16:24). The glory of God is the Hand of God touching us directly from glory, connecting us to heaven and is aligned with it; heaven on earth.
It is different than the anointing which is the influence of the Holy Spirit’s power within a believer which is released through the believer (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18). The anointing leads us to the glory. The glory realm is combined with faith and the anointing and is the manifest presence of God all together to make a demonstration of who He really is. It is a realm of rest and ease since God is doing the work. He is inviting us to come. The glory is all He is and all He has! We don’t have to work to get into His presence just believe He is there. Everything about God is glorious!
Jesus was God’s glory manifested in the earth when He was here, the Lord of glory (Luke 9:32; John 1:14; 2:11; 17:1-5; 22, 24; Colossians 1:27; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:17). Now that Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of the Father, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit was sent, released to manifest the glory of God in the earth (Acts 2:17; 1 Peter 4:14). It is the Holy Spirit’s presence that you sense and that changes the environment or atmosphere in the glory.
People may experience, sense or feel His presence in different ways based on how God chooses to manifest Himself and each person’s differences of personality i.e. crying, shaking, falling down, laughing, light or shining face, etc. (Exodus 19:16-18; 34:30; 2 Chronicles 5:13, 14; 7:1, 2; 34:27; Ezekiel 3:23; Daniel 10:7-11; Psalm 16:11; Matthew 17:6; John 18:5, 6; Acts 2:15; 4:31; 9:4-6; Romans 14:17; 2 Corinthians 5:13; Hebrews 5:7; 1 Peter 1:8).
There are signs, wonders and miracles in the glory i.e. healing, deliverance, breakthrough, revelation, etc. God will show us anything that we can believe for. He can be depended on every day to be our source of supply (Philippians 4:19). He wants to show us His glory daily (Psalm 84:11; 68:19). God doesn’t make people sick. We are not sick for the glory of God. God gets the glory when people get healed (John 11:3-4; 38-40). Jesus said in John 11:40 that if we believe, we will see the glory of God.
In the Old Testament we see numerous accounts where God showed the Children of Israel His Glory (Numbers 14:21) i.e. signs and wonders which He did in Egypt when He delivered them from Pharaoh (Exodus 5-13) bringing salvation to them by bringing them out with silver and gold; none was feeble among them (Psalm 105:37); miraculously parting the Red Sea for them to cross (Exodus 14); leading them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21, 22); and in the wilderness when He gave them manna to eat (Exodus 16); water to drink from a rock (Exodus 17); their clothes and sandals didn’t wear out (Deuteronomy 29:5); as well as fighting battles for them where they were victorious ((Exodus 17); they were in the glory! But the Children of Israel couldn’t see the signs and wonders as His glory (Numbers 14:22).
The glory of God is also protection. We can see this in the Exodus from Egypt before the Children of Israel crossed over the Red Sea. They were at the Red Sea and the Egyptians were coming up behind them. The LORD placed His glory between them to protect them until they safely crossed over the Red Sea and the Egyptians were drowned in the sea (Exodus 13:21, 22; 14:19, 20).
In this world today, we need to have faith that the glory of the LORD can and will protect us from the violence, persecution and plagues that we see are increasing in these last days. As we see in the following verse, the glory is a canopy.
Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. Isaiah 4:5 (NKJV)
Moses, who led the children of Israel, asked God to show him His glory and He passed before him and showed him His goodness, proclaimed His Name, mercy and grace, abounding in goodness and truth (Exodus 33-34). You can’t separate His goodness from His glory.
How do we access His glory? Romans 3:23 says-for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. His glory comes in the moment we ask God to forgive our sin and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior; Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Our spirit is reborn by the Spirit of glory, the Holy Spirit and the very nature and perfection of God dwells in us, the King of glory, Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us His glory (John 17:22) and we are glory carriers and dispensers of God’s Kingdom and power as well.
We just need to let Him come out! We don’t have to strive for anything that we already have. It is important that we meditate on His Word, who we are in Him and who He is. The demonstration of God’s glory upon our lives flows supernaturally from our intimate friendship with the Holy Spirit. He empowers us to release the Kingdom of God already dwelling within us (Luke 17:21).
We let the glory out and activate it by faith. Receiving His presence by faith is the beginning. We have union with Christ Jesus who is His glory. Remember that faith hears (Romans 10:17); and faith speaks and receives (Romans 10:8; Mark 11:24). Faith sees into the supernatural through spiritual eyes (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 4:17).
The kingdom of God and His glory are voice activated. Our words and worship activate the glory! When God speaks, His angels heed the voice of His Word to do and bring about His Word and things move in the Spirit realm (Psalm 103:20). This is true with our words as well when we speak the Word of God and worship Him.
When we gather together as a body of believers, the church, we should expect to encounter His glory every time! When we gather together there should always be a change in the atmosphere as heaven comes to earth; the invisible becomes visible. He is there and He wants us to know He is there. The church is the house of glory because we make up the church. This latter glory will be greater than the former. (Haggai 2:9). He resides in us and we are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19). His glory and presence can be increased through teaching, prophecy, speaking in tongues, intercession, worship, deliverance, etc.
A believer can continue to walk in His glory 24/7 by being aware of His presence throughout the day through worshipping Him and cultivating a lifestyle of worship; loving Him, desiring to have a more intimate and closer relationship with Him, constantly thinking about Him and meditating on His Word.
Once you encounter His presence and His glory, your life will never be the same. One encounter with God can change our lives. We get a sense of purpose and destiny. When the glory of God rests upon our lives, it brings favor, promotion, increase and blessing. Isaiah 60 discusses numerous things that the glory of God will bring into our lives as a result of His presence.
Arise; shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1. (NKJV)
My prayer for you:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the Saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come, and He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 1:17–23; 3:14–21. (NKJV).
In upcoming blogs, we will get to know the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Glory (Isaiah 11:2; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Romans 8:9; John 16:13; 1Peter 4:14; Revelation 4:5; 5:6).