Raise Your Praises High! A December to Remember in Pursuit of His Affection
A prophetic word for Christmas: God wants us to use this season for worship and intimacy with Him. No more will he settle for the traditions of men, religious trappings and festivities. “Hear My Heart!” says the Lord. God is calling us to draw near to Him, rest in Him, and be refreshed and renewed. He sees our heart, and He longs for devoted worship and intimacy with you, His bride. His heart is for us. May you have ears to hear what His thoughts are for you, and how you can align with what He’s doing in the earth right now.
Less Trappings/More Rest
This is the season to draw near to Me. In your cold weather, in your families, in your places of worship, and individually. Draw near. This time of year is filled with all the trappings and festivities of holiday celebrating and traditions of Men. With it, cause much anxiety, weariness, and fatigue. So many never rest until it’s all over with, and then are left to deal with the after-effects of the celebrating. This, in turn, causes more anxiety, weariness, fatigue and even depression.
This should not be for My people. I want it to be a season of rest for them. I want them rested, refreshed, and worshiped. Yes, fill up on Me, all you who belong to Me! This is not a time to have a foot in the trappings, parties, and endless activities, and a foot in worship. It should be one or the other. Celebrate smaller, more intimately, with family and with Me. (Psalms 46:10) TPT
“Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize that I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth.”Psalms 46:10
Intimacy and Worship into His Heart
I don’t want my people to just fit me into Christmas. I’m the reason they are celebrating! I want them to worship Me! The season is for Me. Shouldn’t I get what I want? Less trappings, less tradition, less rituals, less parties. More intimacy. I want their hearts. I want their affections. More worship. Worship will escort them into My Presence, and I will draw near those who draw near to Me. I inhabit the praises of my people. As they draw near, I will meet with them. More joy in Me, more satisfaction in Me and My ways I long for them to know my heart and ME at a higher level; I want to touch hearts. I want to draw them to Me, and I have been drawing them near Me. They need Me. My way is always better!
Do you hear my heart? Who or What are You Loyal to?
The coming days will be challenging. I want to comfort my people, I want to be their confidence and provider when shakings occur. That never changes, but I want them to feel free to come to Me in those times, especially. See, I am coming to you now to offer Myself to comfort, to encourage, to affirm, and reassure. I want them to be near Me while I can be found! Now is the time to do it, not later. Not after Christmas. Later is never promised. Who are you loyal to? Are you loyal to traditions, celebrations, your own comfort and desires, or the One who redeemed you from Hell? You are priceless to Me, and I desire private and corporate time with you. Have you felt me drawing you? I have tried to get your attention many times. Will you come to Me? (Proverbs 3:32 TPT)
“…But every tender lover finds friendship with God and will hear his intimate secrets.”Proverbs 3:32 TPT
A Worthy Sacrifice of Worship to Encounter and hear His Heart
Tell Me what your heart feels for the Most High. Have I been good to you? Given you what you prayed for? Have I saved you? Do you love Me? Are you grateful for leaving the 99 to find you? Tell Me that. I long to hear it, your voice, and your praises unto Me. I am a personal God and have made myself available to you in everything you do, every place you go, every difficulty you face. Victory is promised for you in all things.
This is My love being expressed again for My people. Who will hear me right now? Who will lay down their schedule and plans to hear and draw near to their God? It’s a worthy sacrifice, I assure you, my people. My treasured possession. Do you hear the heart of Adonai?
Lay Down Self & Worship Me in Order to Hear My Heart
I am good to come to My people in times when they especially need Me and my strength. This is one of those times. You will need Me in the coming days to sustain you and provide for you. If you are not plugged into Me through your worship, you will be filled with fear and anxiety. I am coming now to prepare you. That preparation requires laying down of self and acknowledging your God as your source for everything. This is not just mental assent, but personal knowledge and confidence in Me as all of those things for you–in worship.
If you do not know how to worship to encounter My Presence, start now learning how to effectively draw near to hear via worship. You need to be able to receive from Me quickly in the coming days. Now is the time to stop, marinate, and come before Me. I have answers that you do not know. I know what is best for you in all circumstances. Trust Me that I love you, I care for you, and I see what’s ahead. I do not say this to cause fear, but rather to stir up your hunger, confidence and trust in Me. (Psalms 50:14-15 TPT)
“Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire? Bring me your true and sincere thanks and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me, the Most-High. Honor me by trusting in me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to me, and I will be there to rescue you.”Psalms 50:14-15 TPT
He Wants Passionate Pursuers to Hear His Heart
My servant David did just this. He worshiped Me with all His heart. Being a mighty warrior, he was very competent in battle, but when his enemies surrounded Him and He felt close to sudden death, He knew who had him. He knew who his hope was in, who was His tower of refuge and wrap around protection.
When He was down or afraid, He reminded himself Who I was for Him, and Who I was for him in the past. All through prayer, worship, and trust. He stood still, and as a result, saw me deliver him time and time again. I was his sure foundation and His rock. Yes, He knew how to worship, honor, and lift up My Name. And for that, he was a man after My own heart. He was a passionate pursuer of my heart continually. These are the types of hearts in My people that I desire to stir up again. My mighty praise warriors who can conquer any foe! (Psalm 149:3-6 TPT)
“Break forth with dancing! Make music and sing God’s praises with the rhythm of drums! For he enjoys his faithful lovers. He adorns the humble with his beauty, and he loves to give them victory. His godly lovers triumph in the glory of God, and their joyful praises will rise even while others sleep. God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war!”Psalms 149:3-6 TPT
Make Praise a Lifestyle to Encounter His Heart
As always, remember, My people, I inhabit your praises. Make praise a lifestyle. Run with it, and as you do, I stand ready to show you victory in every need, concern, or trouble you should find yourself within. Above all, you shall find Me within it. When the colder months blow through this season, remember, I am waiting for you in your worship. Stay in with Me. Let me fill you as you worship Me. Truly worship Me. With all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Let’s make this a December to remember. (Psalm 27:4 TPT)
“Here’s the one thing I crave from Yahweh, the one thing I seek above all else: I want to live with him every moment in his house, beholding the marvelous beauty of Yahweh, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to contemplate in his temple.”Psalm 27:4 TPT
Prayer to Activate on His Heart
Father, we thank you that you love us enough to come to us and give us a word extending your mercy for us, your people in this time. We are grateful for your love and further invitation to draw near you and hear your desires. Forgive us if our praises have been lacking, and if our focus in this season has not been quite where it should be.
Direct and stir our hearts by your Spirit to once again pursue YOU, our first love, in your own love language. You want to empower us to be victorious in the times ahead, so give us a discerning spirit in all of our comings and goings to stop and offer you the praise and glory you deserve. We hear your heart, Lord! Prepare us for what’s ahead so that we can be empowered by listening to your Spirit, and also draw nearer in intimacy with you. Give us hearts to passionately pursue you! As we set them on you in worship, kindle the fire of your Presence within us, so that we can shine brightly in this darkened world!
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,