LESSON 5: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

This is my recap of lesson 5 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 5.

‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 3’: Overcoming the Spirit of Fear

‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 3’: Overcoming the Spirit of Fear

For those of you who often read these blogs you will know that overcoming fear has been my biggest testimony this year and this chapter is about overcoming fear. You can read my story about overcoming fear if you click this link.

Within this lesson, Tom chooses to focus on 5 areas of fear that perhaps all if not most have knowledge about, theses are ; ‘fear of death, of man, failure, of sickness, of poverty and of God’.

Overcoming the fear of death:

I never thought of it in this way but ‘to be absent from the body is literally to be present with the Lord’ ( 2 Corinthians 5:8). When I hear the word death in relation to Christianity, I just think of rejoicing for to me I am reminded that the old me, the me who carried so much dirt is dead, I can no longer associate myself with that person. Most people when they lose a tremendous amount of weight they throw their old clothes away, for what is the point in keeping clothes that no longer suit your new body – NONE- if they do keep an item it is usually a souvenir a reminder of what they had been like, for us this souvenir is the cross. Death is like waving goodbye to the old clothes, it is waving goodbye to the cross which carries all my past present and future burdens so I no longer have to, Jesus removed the sting (fear) of death.

Oh death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory?

1 Corinthians 15:55

I just love the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 15:55 for how sarcastic it is, its’ audacity to laugh in the face of something that once terrorised us, it is the full confidence and reassurance in Christ’s sacrifice that when he said IT IS DONE at the cross, Christ really did mean that he had completed his mission, death and hades were now buried they have no power over us anymore. The bravado we now have knowing they own nothing, their stings and their victories are now rotting at the cross.

I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Revelation 1:18

The devil no longer has access to death and hades as Jesus is the one who holds the key to life and death.

Overcoming the Fear of Man

This is when we hold man to be of greater statute than God. The contrast is to trust the Lord God.

Overcoming the fear of failure

This was something that God addressed in me, it wasn’t that I was comparing myself to others ( plus I didn’t have any social media accounts to compare to), but it was that I was comparing against where I thought I would be, either way, I was lost and had no clue where to go next ( you can read my story if you click on Link A and Link B.

Recently, I have been thinking about Abraham a lot and how God told him to leave his good life and go – to where!!?!!? would have been my first question. We tend to read about these stories in hindsight knowing what was to come for Abraham but during that moment Abraham had no clue where God was taking him in fact for the rest of his life Abraham lived as a wanderer in the land of Canaan, a traveller by today’s’ standards, Abraham wasn’t concerned about where his next meal would come from or what tomorrow would look like he just knew that God did not send him to the wilderness ( Canaan) to leave him destitute. Understanding Abraham’s situation made me reflect upon my own, God has never left me not even for a second why would he leave me now?… just having that knowledge has been a great reassurance to me. Our understanding of success and failure is very different from God’s, in our minds success for Abraham would have been Abraham being made a King in the land of Canaan and any other neighbouring nations living a very comfortable life as King… but God’s wisdom is different from our own and I am constantly being reminded of the wisdom of God found in 2 Chronicles 20, read the chapter if you ever get the opportunity to.

Overcoming the fear of sickness

When our minds are in line with God’s word our bodies begin to respond . In the booklet Tom writes down a few scriptures to meditate on so I’ll include them to this:

  • “I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2)
  • “I will satisfy him with long life and show him My salvation (Psalm 91:16)
  • My Son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings (Proverbs 4:20)
  • “Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean”. Reaching out His hand He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his disease was healed” (Matthew 8: 2-3)

Overcoming the fear of poverty

Call me controversial but I’ve always had the belief that poverty is a sin as that lifestyle is the opposite of the satisfaction that is provided in a Christ abundant lifestyle. Even if I were left with 2 coins in my pocket never for a moment would I think of myself to be in poverty. Take this example: A child of school going age who has no money of his own, does not walk into a shop and think himself poor he doesn’t even look at his own pockets when he enters the shop because he knows there is nothing in his pockets , this same child does not even worry for a single moment when his clothes tear and stain because he knows that there is someone behind him who will cover for his expenses ( *cough* bank of Mom and Dad *cough*). I think because I have had the luxury of being raised as an only child of two parents it was easy for me to be that child mentioned earlier and it is easier for me to just transfer this mentality straight to God, because if God is my dad will he not provide as my parent did? *sometimes it does pay to be the only child 🙂

Embracing the Fear of God

The only fear we should have, is not the fear which we have been mentioning but is the ‘worshipful reverence of all that is God’. Sometimes the message translation can be so far off what other books say but sometimes it gets to the point in a way that others don’t and it does this in Proverbs 1: 7 when trying to explain how to go about fearing God:

Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God

Proverbs 1:7 (MSG)

The first step to having this reverential fear of God is acknowledging that he is of value someone to be worshipped. I’ve written a lot more then expected so I just might finish with a song that I am listening to as I write this sentence

LESSON 4: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

This is my recap of lesson 4 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 4.

‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 2’

However you have been legally judged by God and found innocent so there is no place in your life for condemnation or guilt… condemnaton, guilt and shame is not yours to receive unlessyou believe the lies of the devil, so reject forcibly and bring captive to Christ every thought regarding it.

Tom Inglis

Praise and worship is the most powerful weapon to use in overcoming accusation,condemnation and guilt.

The above sentences are extracts taken from the booklet that stood out to me the most.

I remember a few years back listening to a well-known individual who came to visit my school for a talk, I don’t remember much of what he said but I do remember him retelling his story of depression and how at one point in his life he really did think he was the devil–>and how he loathed himself because he thought himself to be as despicable as the devil, clearly this man was not but had been subjected to such false perceptions of who He was.The devil stands to accuse us of accusations that no longer befit us, The devil really is a liar, when he lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden he really did strip man naked and exposed Him and without the Holy Spirit presence it can be easy to believe that we are still exposed but through his shed blood we are covered and made whole dressed in ‘splendid robes’ (Zechariah 3:4). It is through our praises that we are once again reminded of the sacrifice that Jesus took and we can truly celebrate the fact that we have been made sinless, ‘for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down’ (Revelation 12:10).

We can proudly sing, shout and say ‘Now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus ( Romans 8:1)

Here are some other extracts and information i’ve taken from this lesson:

OVERCOMING THE HINDERANCE OF BITTERNESS

Trusting in God is like a refining process that allows any bitterness to be removed in the same way we turn muddy water to clear water. Trust is always accompanied by praise as it says in Psalm 5:11

OVERCOMING THE HINDERANCE OF ACCUSATION

The devil has no justification if we are living godly , we must quickly confess our sins to the Father so the accuser cannot go to work against us… nor will we be made to feel wretched.

OVERCOMING THE HINDERANCE OF CONDEMNATION AND GUILT

Praise and worship acts as our daily reminder of the condemnation that Jesus took away from us at the cross

OVERCOMING THE HINDERANCE OF JEALOUSY

“worship is a lifestyle that brings us complete satisfaction in God alone… praise and worship can take away the dissatisfaction for the desires of what others have

OVERCOMING THE HINDERANCE OF ENVY

Reverential fear ( worship) of God keeps us from envy

LESSON 3: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 3 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 3.

This lesson is titled ‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 1’, and it really is about how through worship we find ourselves breaking away from the dark into the light and reaching new spiritual levels, Tom writes:

“They are not content with the status quo and are pushing through with prevailing prayer and continual worship into spiritual territories of authority in Christ

When we exalt God above ourselves we are allowing Him to take authority and when He takes authority He is then able to take greater action over our circumstances, ( I know I am repeating what has been said before , but the Holy Spirit really is a gentleman He won’t take action unless you ask for it). In the workbook there are some steps mentioned to overcome the hindrances of sin which are as written:

  • Confess the sin
  • Focus on God’s grace
  • Cast down vain imaginations- any thought contrary to God’s
  • Be quick to praise God
  • Give God thanks*

Something which perhaps resonated with me was on point 6 in the Lesson ‘overcoming the hindrance of pride’. I’ve been wanting to know what it means to be humble for I guess there is something humbling about worship because we are turning our attention from ourselves onto Him and magnifying Him above anything and everything else. It is in our humility that the Lord does exalt us.

But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him

Daniel 5:20

*I know I wrote something on this but can not seem to find them , but there is a difference between giving Thanks and giving Praise

LESSON 2: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 2 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 2.

One analogy which I found quite profound was the comparison between our Worship and our dependency on air to survive. Our very being was created to worship, we have been fashioned and sown into the season that we are currently in for a reason, however in the same manner that we can not expect to wake-up without oxygen, we can not expect to function as a whole and not a broken spiritual and living being without worship. Worship is so innate that we can not help but to worship, when we attend a sporting event and hear the crowd cheer for their favourite team are they not cheering and praising in one accord, are they not showing their adoration to their team by chanting along or wearing their team’s colours? We can not help but to worship but often at times we have misdirected our worship and our attention from the one who truly deserves it.

The reason why God created you, to know Him personally, worship Him intimately, and serve Him willingly. Life makes no sense without pursuing God relentlssly in order to worship Him.

Tom Inglis

The very thing within us that causes us to want to praise is our breath, Psalm 150:6 says ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’. It is our breath that praises God, in fact, that same breath is what was breathed into Adam’s nostrils and the beginning of man in Genesis 2:7, it is that same breath, God’s breath, God’s Spirit, God’s presence that causes us to want to worship. The more we worship the closer His presence and the more intimate we become with His Spirit and in James 4:8 we are instructed to ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’. When we worship we are acknowledging Him in our lives and how he dwells within us, 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you’,

‘This is the basis of a lifestyle of worship, it’s your response to an ever-abiding intimate loving God irrespective of circumstances in your life.

Something else that caught my attention in this lessons was that we were created to establish God’s kingdom, the love of God operating through the worshiper is the only basis upon which God will allow His kingdom to be built. When we read a script it is sometimes hard to know what the author or director intends until we speak to them directly then we can have a clearer vision

LESSON 1: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 1 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 1.

The lesson focused on getting a general understanding of what worship is, as I read the first few pages I could not help but to be reminded of Romans 8:22 ‘For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labour pains until now’. What made me remember this scripture the most, is that through this scripture I learnt that everything is alive and has its own sound, that everything on this earth can groan and even in the groaning God hears creation. God created creation to have the ability to worship from the mountains to the minuscule creatures that wander the Earth ‘ All the earth will worship you and sing praise to you, they will sing praise to your name’ (Psalm 66:4).

  • Starts praise Him- Psalm 148:3, 65:13
  • Valleys sing- Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
  • Mountains sing- Isaiah 55:12
  • Trees sing – 1 Chronicles 16:33
  • Heavens sing Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
  • Waste places sing – Isaiah 52; 1 Chronicles 16:32
  • Seas roar a praise- Psalm 98:7; 69:34

Even the Angels worship and praise the Lord. So with this in mind you then begin to wonder why God would need our praise and worship… honestly he doesn’t… God is still God irrespective of our worship or not, we are perhaps the ones in need of worship more. In that state of worship, there is a level of humility that one reaches when all else holds little importance, in that state of worship as a daily lifestyle we are acknowledging God’s significance over everything else and we allow for His authority to take action within and around us. I love it when Tom Inglis ( author of course) writes

“when we worship Him we enthrone Him in our lives and circumstances and His power is released to dethrone everything contrary to His will for our lives”

When we worship all else bows before God, sickness , poverty ( you name it) must come under submission because we through our act of worship have lifted the name of God above any principalities here on Earth and in Spirit (Ephesians 6).

To conclude

Another scripture that I was reminded of was Psalm 30:9 , ‘What gain is there in my death, in my descending to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? will it proclaim Your truth’

This scripture was one of my go-to prayers, I a human was created to worship the Lord of all in all that I do, I have no other true ability besides that as this is something innate within me ( and you) that even the rocks though they can praise you, Lord, it is not the same… So let me worship and praise you forevermore as that is the best offering I could ever give.

Psalmody: international school of worship

The other day whilst clearing one of the rooms in the house, I stumbled on this booklet that my mother had received from our church as part of a course that she took many years back.

This booklet is:

‘ SCHOOL IF WORSHIP

LEVEL TWO

lifestyle principle of worship

By Tom Inglis

Now , I have never taken part in this course and I thought it would be a novel idea to follow through the pages in this booklet with you all.

The whole aim of this ministry is ‘to help people get to know God more and worship Him’ and to apply ‘worship as a lifestyle

There are 13 chapters to thus course as follows:

  1. Worship Overview
  2. Created to worship
  3. Breakthrough worship – 1
  4. Breakthrough worship -2
  5. Breakthrough worship – 3
  6. Covenant worship
  7. Kingdom worship
  8. Worship in the New Testament
  9. Prayer & Worship
  10. Remembrance & worship
  11. Confession & worship
  12. Celebrate your freedom
  13. Delivering power of thanksgiving

I would like to state that I hold no rights or claims to this booklet and instead encourage all of you to visit this link if you want to follow along with me on a weekly basis as I go through the booklet.

The first post for this course will be on May 7th, 2019. So I hope to see you then.

🙂