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Worship - its benefits & results

[1]  Vision of Worship & the Harvest

[2]  His Still Small Voice

[3]  Vision of His Glory Breaking Denominational Walls

[4]  Manisfestion of Worship

[5]  His Still Small Voice

[6]  Experience

[7]  Warfare Through Worship

[8]  Angel Dream

[9]  Ears Opened

[10]  Still Small Voice

[11]  Still Small Voice

[12]  Still Small Voice

[13]  Still Small Voice

[14]  Still Small Voice

[15]  Still Small Voice  & Picture Vision

[16]  Article - Finding True Worship

[17]  Thought to Ponder

[18]  Word Study on Ways to Worship

[19] Word to Ponder

[20]  Word Study on Praise & Worship

[21]  Vision

[22]  Heard During Worship

[23]  New:  Teaching - Overcoming The Performance Spirit

1] Worship purifies & brings forth the harvest

Vision given to Dale 7/5/97


While in the prayer room there was a wonderful Presence of the Lord as we all prayed together. After more than an hour of prayer and intercession I saw a vision:


I saw hot coals being scooped up in a funnel shaped scoop. Much like the ones that they scoop popcorn with at the movies. The coals were being fed into a large diameter hose that seemed to flow down from heaven to earth. Written on the side of the hose was "WORSHIP." The bottom end of the hose was positioned over the heads of people on earth who were in an attitude of worship. A hot coal was placed via the hose on top of one person and then another and then another and so on. As the hot coal touched the heads of the worshippers their flesh began to melt off of them. What was left behind was like a pillar of pure gold. When the flesh was completely gone, the gold itself became molten and began to dance like a tongue of fire. As I watched this scene, they became a large company of dancing golden fire - all the people touched by the coals, now transformed.


I then saw angels flying over the company of worshippers made pure. The angels had in their hands a small pan with a long handle. In the pans there was incense. The angels were holding the pans over the tops of the flaming pillars of gold. The incense then began to burn and a sweet smelling aroma rose up into the heavens before the throne of God. I then saw two large hands with a cylindrical container in them. The incense was being collected in the container and as it came into the container it became a solid substance. I then saw the two hands close over the opening in the container and then they shook the container and after a time the substance was thrown back down to earth. It rolled upon the face of the earth like dice. As the substance came to a stop I heard a voice cry out "Yahtzee!" I saw one die with 7 dots on the top surface. The dots were in the shape of the letter H.


Dale’s possible interpretation:

As we worship the Lord we release the purifying fire of God upon ourselves. The fire purifies us and makes us worshippers in Spirit and in truth. As we are purified to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, the angels of the Lord come and empower our praise. Our praise then is lifted up into heaven itself and becomes the substance for what the Lord is about to do.


Yahtzee is a Hebrew word. In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the number is 3329 yatsiy’ (yaw-tsee’). It means "coming forth" or "offspring." I believe the Lord is saying that as we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness that He will gather the substance of our worship and cast it back down to earth and bring forth a great harvest of souls. Yahtzee is accomplished when 5 dice all have the same numeration on them. In my vision the numeration was 7. Five speaks of grace and 7 is the number of comple-tion or perfection. Dice are six sided objects and wonder-fully represent our humanity. The dice were white which speaks of His work of holiness in us. The dots were black and this probably speaks of our Adamic nature. Each dot represented a person. As I meditated on this vision later I saw the dots themselves come alive and begin to dance through the earth.



2] Worship is timely


Excerpt heard His still small voice via Grandma Anna 3/15/96

"We are going to play Yahtzee."

[I almost didn’t write this down because it sounded so silly.]


3] Worship Brings the Glory of the Lord


Vivid vision given to Sandy Warner [Taken from the book 101+ Ways God Speaks (And How To Hear Him)]


This was an amazing supernatural vision where I actually experienced the entire thing including the Lord’s Presence as it was happening. I was in a large non-charismatic evangelical church worshipping with a full congregation. I was in the balcony and could see everything. There was not a person in the entire place that did not feel and respond to the Presence of God. It was as though He was a giant magnet drawing out the wild and total praises of His people in this building. There were waves and waves of the Holy Spirit upon the people, and you could hear people’s emotional responses and see their subsequent hands raising in unison. I felt His Presence so strong, that He was literally evoking my strong responses.


Then I saw a candlestick standing on the podium’s left side, and a shadow slowly passed across it. Suddenly you could hear a pin drop, the people were so quiet in an absolute holy hush. I knew it was the glory of God just like Moses’ story when he had asked to see His glory. (Exodus 33:18-23)


Later in the service I saw an old friend, who in real life saddened me by breaking off our letter writing because of differences in church doctrine. I leaned over to her and told her we were now talking the same language and were in agreement. I was speaking not just of she and I, but of the whole congregation. As I did this, there were women who had miniature little scissors in their hands, who were busy snipping tiny fragments off the dead, split ends of people’s hair. Their tiny scissors were snipping so fast they were a blur. While in the dream I knew it was an allegory of the Lord cutting away the denomination splits (splitting hairs) and dead works and that these women were angels.

Still in the dream, as I was talking to someone about the awesome meeting, I also mentioned that the Lord was doing the same thing with the Catholics. Someone else mentioned Australia. When I awakened, I heard the Lord say, "Ecumenical movement. The Spirit is moving. World wide. They’re done being spectators." Then I saw a picture vision of my holding the steering wheel in my car and the wheel had such a strong pull on it, that I just finally let the wheel lead the way! [I literally felt the tug of the wheel, even though this was a picture vision.] Then I heard the Lord say, "Divine direction."


By this picture, He is saying that we are coming to a time where His leading will be so strong, that it will be difficult to "drive" ourselves away from His Presence, as the tug or force in going our own way will be very tiring. This dream and subsequent Word from Him was an awesome promise of His breaking denominational barriers, where nothing else matters but worshipping Him and responding to His wonderful Presence.


4] High praise brings the glory of the Lord

Experience given to Grandma Anna - Spring 1973


During prayer, after praise and worship we all felt a stronger Presence of God than any of us had ever felt before. With about 20 teenagers in my living room sprawled all over the carpet, there was a hush for a long time. It was as though everyone was holding their breath, it was so quiet. I half opened my eyes and the entire room was filled with golden light. I was in awe. Slowly it left and we all began to move. I said, "Pastor Bob, what WAS THAT?" "We went into high praise," he said simply. Then he explained that it was a very rare occurrence where the Presence of God comes to bless because we have so blessed Him with our praise and worship. He said that wonderful things are accomplished in the heavenly realm when High Praise is entered.


5] Worship is a part of warfare

Excerpt heard His still small voice via Shirley 1/17/93


"The Army of God— requires many skills. Musicians, singers, worshippers, those trained in spiritual warfare to march in the front line. Others to march in ranks. Watchmen, some behind to repair and mend the wounded. Those to pray for victory in battle. All are needed in their place. United under the commander and chief."


6] Worship brings His power

Experience given to Grandma Anna 4/5/87


This morning in choir, as I worshipped the Lord, I trembled violently with His power. I felt charges of electricity hit the top of my head. I actually heard them.


7] Tambourine worship looses bondage

Vision seen by Grandma Anna 11/13/94


While worshipping in the Sunday service I saw myself with my tambourine making a circle around various people. Then I saw myself twirling down the aisles of the church. I knew it was warfare to break bondage. I broke free from my personal shyness and was obedient to what I saw. Afterwards a lady shared that she was set free to wave the banners for the first time, going up one aisle and down the other.


8] Worship with pure motives

Dream given to Sandy Warner 6/16/97


Scene 1: I was helping people express themselves when they were worshipping the Lord. I was wanting them to become more free in their worship. It was a small group of people, then soon it grew to a huge coliseum filled with people expressing their worship in unusual ways. I saw two people do various cartwheels and gymnastics!


Scene 2: As I saw people worshipping on the coliseum floor downstairs, I noticed the coliseum had a mall-like area on the second floor. It was filled with people walking along the walkways dressed in various "worship outfits." They were shopping for just the right outfit. The atmosphere was energized by people’s zeal for public appearances. As I witnessed this, I saw an escalator going down to the main floor. I felt the lure of the 2nd floor zeal and quickly excused myself saying I needed to stay down on the main floor where people were actively worshipping the Lord.


Scene 3: As I was worshipping, I saw an angel floating above my head. She looked down at me and I began to slightly bow before her as I danced. I also displayed my hands as though introducing that she wanted to say something. I said to myself, I am not worshipping her, but giving her honor. She said to me still floating above my head so that I had to look up, "Express yourself with your hands.  That's what the Lord wants." As I was worshipping with my hands I was also reminded that the Lord wanted us to use our hands to reach out and touch the children as an expression of His love.


9] Worship is pressing into Jesus

Ears opened given to Rose Crownover 2/4/96

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During worship one day, I had an interesting experience. During the song, "Piercing the Darkness," I began to hear a loud, audible noise. It sounded like the sound of a great crowd of people, cheering. I could hear many shouts and some crying out, "Jesus, Jesus!" I looked around the room (three times I did this) to see who might be shouting and making all the noise. I could see no one doing this, in fact, there were not enough people in the room to make the kind of noise that I was hearing. It sounded like we were in a large football stadium on the playing field and a crowd was all around us, cheering for us. I began to realize that what I was hearing was the "great crowd of witnesses" spoken of in Hebrews 12. I was very blessed by this and greatly encouraged by what I heard. I stood for a long time, just listening, until I could no longer hear it.


Several songs went by and somehow I became distracted from worshipping. I began to look around the room and watch others. I was particularly blessed by the way the Lord was coming on one of the other worshippers. A friend was standing near me and I was about to lean over and point this out to her when the Holy Spirit came upon me very strongly and began to shake me. The Lord then spoke to me very clearly, saying, "No spectators on the field! I am the Goal. Keep your eyes on Me and press on!"

I then began to get some insights. I saw worship as being likened to a football game. Jesus is the goal. I saw that the great crowd of witnesses were there to cheer us on as we pressed into Jesus. I saw that there was an opposing team (satan and his demons) who were trying to keep us from the goal. Focus on the Lord and the involvement of all the members of the team are essential to us reaching the Goal.


10] Worship brings unity into the holy place


Excerpt heard His still small voice via Sandy Warner 3/16/95

"Bells. A place of worship. Music in the holy place. Ensemble. My quartet. Harmonize. Make melody. A season of trust. Fruit to the surface. Gateway. Open the doors. Harmonize."


11] Joyful worship defeats the enemy

Excerpt heard by Shirley 11/27/92


"Wait on the Lord. All you need is found in Me. Physician heal thyself. The enemy has power, but He who is in you is greater. Little foxes spoil the vines. Remember get rid of. I am all you need. Everything for you is in Me. Try joy. Praise and worship too. The enemy dwells not in joyous vessels. Weak? Put on your strength. Marine school tough. Hares fast. Turtles win the race. Voice of the turtle. This old house. Burden. Removal painful. I lead. You follow. Dancing smoothly."


12] Worship is a celebration

Excerpt heard by Shirley 11/28/92

"Lead on Oh King eternal. This is the Lord’s day. Rejoice and be glad. Celebrate, I will celebrate. Sing a new song unto the Lord. Arise Oh Israel and worship your King."


13] Unified worship increases faith

Excerpt heard by Sandy Warner 7/15/95

"Corporate worship. Destiny follow Me. Union of the brothers. I will bless the Lord. It’s astounding! A measurement of faith. Unified worship. Angels singing. We worship the King. Hallelujah!"


14] Worship sets us free

Excerpt heard by Grandma Anna 8/16/95

"He loves it when we send our worship in a hot air balloon and it goes sailing up to Him. Blessed are we when we are set free to worship."


15] Worship boldly

Excerpt saw & heard by Sandy Warner 1/29/97

I saw a picture vision of the word "Be bold" written on a barbecue sauce bottle. Then I heard the Lord say, "How do you worship? Establish."


16] Article: True Worship: A Journey from Law through Grace to Liberty

By Sandy Warner  (March 1998)


Attending a women’s conference, I was given a Word from one of the prophetic speakers. The Word penetrated my heart like an arrow. I knew it was the Lord’s Word, although I did not have the understanding at that moment. She heard the Lord say, "Effortlessly." Then she elaborated, "You have been given authority over performance." Not knowing my background, she brought to the surface one of my lifelong struggles.

Walking back to my seat, I contemplated, "Lord what did You mean by performance? Why did she specifically use that word performance?" The only hint I had was her saying, "Your book is the book of Galatians. You know what it means to walk in grace. You know how to walk in the Spirit. Grace, grace, grace. You know God’s grace. And you shall be used to bring others into the same liberty and freedom."


I thought of the theme of Galatians where Paul speaks about the law verses grace. He said the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. We were trained under the law, but later the law is fulfilled through Jesus, whereby we walk in the power of His grace. I could understand this, but what about that word performance? How did that connect? The Holy Spirit quickened my memories and a journey from performance via grace to liberty began to enfold. I knew there were others on similar journeys.


The Schoolmaster

At the age of eight, I began piano lessons. It requires a lot of practice to make the connections to learn the mathematical language of chords, patterns and rhythms — then transfer it to body coordination and come up with something that sounds good! Like Paul speaking about the Jewish laws, I was under the music schoolmaster through years of daily practice and learning skills. Unfortunately, after I began lessons I discovered that the purpose of music was to perform. Whether this concept was right or wrong, this is what I understood. My teacher had regular recitals and this was like a school test to perform that which I had learned under the schoolmaster. The thought of performing in recitals terrified me. I was a shy person, never raised my hand in class and rarely spoke to people. In one way this worked to my benefit, as an only and lonely child I found expression through music. It was a wonderful outlet to express emotion. But to perform such things? Yike!


Finding Grace

Performing was my first experience with the word grace. Because of my weakness, I watered every performance with desperate prayer. Depending upon God became my mainstay as I trusted Him to help me through it in spite of overwhelming fears. Throughout the first half of my life I performed many times. Somehow, after so much practice and prayer, it was no longer a big deal to perform. I had truly come into the knowledge of being able to perform by His grace. But even with His grace it was still performing. I do not know what would have happened if at the early age I had learned that the reason for music was to enjoy it, express myself with it, and the greatest of all - to worship with it. I had yet to know liberty from performing the schoolmaster’s test.


Searching for Liberty

After thinking through my past with music, and seeing the connections between the Words "authority over performance" - "grace" and "bringing others into liberty" I could see how the words performance and grace tied together, because I had experienced them. But I wondered about this liberty thing. What was liberty? How did that apply to the schoolmaster?


One week later I attended a Christian dance troop concert. It was then that I saw the example of my journey of schoolmaster law through grace to liberty literally played out in front of me. The concert was held at a church known for certain freedoms in worshipping the Lord through dance and the use of instruments, various kinds of glory rings and banners.


Worshipping the Lord through dance was not foreign to me. My home church was very free even to the point of being wildly liberated in worshipping the Lord with their whole hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits. They know how to forget themselves, abandon their restraints and come into the Presence of the Lord, and into loving the Lord through the expression of music and dance. When you walk into the midst of such a place the power of the Lord’s Presence is strong, and you feel it. I was really looking forward to experiencing this in the concert.


The purpose of this dance concert was to bring dance back to the church as a form of intercession and worship, and to bring people into liberty. The dancers were lovely, dressed in beautiful costumes, using sparkling glory rings, banners and tambourines. They had neat lights, a fog machine, cool music and great drums. But in spite of the beauty and the "stuff", I searched… ….for the Lord’s Presence. "Lord, where is Your Presence? They are doing this unto You for a good purpose. Where is Your Spirit?" This question was on the top of my heart, because I was so experienced in dance being a form of worship and thus bringing His Presence into a meeting. This was an enigma to me.


We sat in the front row and I could see the dancer’s facial expressions and eyes. For the most part, it was obvious their minds were very engrossed in remembering the hand motions and choreography, and staying in unison. They appeared insecure when they stepped out of line or made a mistake. Whether they felt self conscious about their beautiful costumes I did not know.


True Worship

After a long string of great songs, lovely costumes and choreography, a dance soloist emerged. She didn’t have to match steps and motions with anyone; she just had her own heart to express. Her African costume was vivid and her head was covered in a turban. The African dance was well done and the movements were cute like a jack in the box, instead of smooth and graceful. She danced differently, but it wasn’t just her dance. She was different.


Suddenly His Presence was there. I was immersed in the Lord’s Presence as I watched her dance with all of her heart. She danced with all of her strength, and her face radiated the love of God and the love for God. I was so touched by this obvious difference I changed my question to, "Lord why did Your Presence suddenly come?" I could see the contrast was the difference between performance and worship. But I didn’t know how deep this went.


After she finished, she went to the microphone. "I can not just share this dance with you without sharing my testimony." [her vocal emphasis] She said when God gives us a testimony, we better be prepared for a test. She explained how the Lord told her that if she danced this dance, He would provide her the means to go to Africa with the dance troop. So she said yes, and He provided in one week. Then she was diagnosed with 3rd stage ovarian cancer. She went through the surgery and the chemotherapy and the doctors told her if she went to Africa she would come down with some awful sickness being weakened by the chemo. She knew God told her to go and had provided, so she went and she danced with the turban on her head, having lost her hair. My heart was so touched. It was obvious why His Presence had arrived. She was worshipping the Lord through her dance, and she was joyously praising God for the strength to dance. She had known His grace through the test, and she was experiencing His grace to even be able to dance at all! The difference was the heart of the dancer. I had witnessed true worship. I had also witnessed wonderful liberty.


When she finished, more group songs followed, and again I could not discern His tangible Presence. After a couple of more hours, one more time I felt His Presence. It was an interesting contrast. This happened during a nonverbal dance drama played to some warfare music. Although I do not know the name of the song, it was a song about taking back the land through intercession and taking authority over the spirits of greed, racism, abortion and homosexuality. The song first called forth the intercessors. Two grandmothers came forward, one on each side of the altar, raising their hands and interceding with their lips moving. They were dressed in normal attire. There was a woman between them dressed in a beautiful high priests’ attire. Beside the intercessors, there were two angels dressed in long flowing white gowns and glory ribbons. They danced, swirling and twirling around the intercessors.


Then out of the dark corners came two skulking, bent and crouching creatures dressed in black shrouds, with their faces covered by a black veil. They had chains in their hands and danced humped over. They circled around various other dance team members that pantomimed greed, racism, abortion and homosexuality. Suddenly, at the rise in music, the angels were sent from the intercessors. They raced to the demonic creatures, pulling out their glowing swords. Over and over again they pushed back the hideous creatures. People in the audience shouted as the creatures fell back and were defeated. Then the angels loosed the people pantomiming the various strongholds.


It was an awesome dance drama to witness - very inspiring and the Holy Spirit was there. The memory remained vivid in my mind and I carried it to bed that night. So why was this so anointed as opposed to the other "performances?" I think it was because each person had their own part to play, they did not have to match others movements. They were able to get past the concern of performance, and into the story line, the meaning of the song.


In analyzing the concert that night, I kept going back to the performance insecurities of the dancers and their focus on getting the movements right. I thought about the hours of practice they must have done, their training and how this paralleled the law and the Galatians’ schoolmaster. I realized they were on a journey. It wasn’t that these dancers were wrong in their desire to bring others into liberty. They just had yet to experience true liberty themselves.


"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." (John 4:23) True worship comes from a heart of adoration and gratefulness that bubbles to the outside. I knew that if their intentions were right, eventually they would get past their focus on performing the movements and into worshipping the Lord with joyous liberty.


What is Liberty?

Liberty is the freedom to express your heart.

Liberty is the ability to keep your focus on Jesus.

Liberty is the freedom to not need another’s approval.

Liberty is the true desire to please God.

Liberty is the ability to respect others wishes so as not to cause offense.

Liberty is ambition lost.

Liberty is the ability to forget yourself.



I suddenly realized that throughout my years of music, whenever I prayed while "performing" or worshipped through music and dance, my heart was on Him. As a result, the performance ceased to be a performance. It had effortlessly changed to freedom and liberty. And that is the true joy of learning to walk in the grace of His Spirit and be in ministry and/or worship situations. When we get our eyes off ourselves and how we appear to others, the process of sharing what we have learned during the schoolmaster years is effortless and salted with His grace liberating others into the same freedom.

The Lord says to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30) I had often wondered about the strength part, but now I understand that when our fleshly strength is spent in worshipping, this releases our spirit into true worship.


The Lord is currently raising up a company of people all over the earth to dance as David danced. They have taken the journey away from the law of performance via grace, to find liberty. No matter what nation they are from, they are coming together to dance before the Lord with all of their might. The steps are not the same, nor the motions, but their hearts are united towards adoration of their Beloved King. The Holy Spirit is the choreographer, unifying the hearts into kindred and liberating worship of our Beloved.


17] Power Over Performance, How Do You Worship?

Thought to Ponder by Sandy Warner


The Pharisees....

…lived to perform the best impression.

…were perfectionists in appearances.

…prided themselves in how they performed.

…found their identify in what they produced.


Because of this, they...

…felt badly when they botched a performance.

…worried about what other’s thought of their appearance.

…judged other’s performances.

…lost their self worth when they were not able to perform.


Liberty is when...

…you no longer think about what you produce, but who you are in Him.

…you no longer worry about what others think, but what God thinks.

…you no longer think about other’s failures, rather you humbly see your own.

…find your identity in pleasing God.


18] Worship is seeking His FACE

Word Study by Lewis Crownover



Focus of our worship

Worship is directed toward God ... most of our songs are addressed to Him.

You alone are worthy Rev 4:11

You shall worship the Lord Your God, and Him only. Matt 4:10, Lk 4:8

Actions of our worship

Bowing Neh 8:6, Gen18:2, Ps 95:6

Kneeling Ps 95:6

Clapping Ps 47:1, 98:8, Is 55:12

Shouting Jos 6:5, Ps 98:4-6, 1Thess 4:16

Lifting eyes Ps 123:1

Hands Ps 63:2-5, I Tim 2:8

Dancing Ex 15:20, Ps 150:4

Leaping 2 Sam 6:16

Playing instruments Ps 150

Singing (known and spontaneous) Ps 33:3, I Cor 14:15

Meditation Ps 46:10, 119:148, 104:34

Falling/prostration Jos 5:14, 1Chr 29:20, 2 Chr 20:18, Rev 4:10

Prayer (understanding & tongues) Ps 42:8, 69:13, 141:2, 1Cor 14:15

Laughing Gen 21:6, Job 8:21, Ps 126:2

Cost of worship

Sacrifice Heb 13:15

Presenting our bodies Rom 12:1

Dignity/respectability 2 Sam 6:20-23, Gen 22:5 Abraham

Commitment "I will..." occurs numerous times in the Bible: ...praise, ...worship, ...wait for the Lord, ...bow down, ...make music, ...extol, ...glorify, ...lift my hands, ...sing, ... exalt,, ...give thanks, ...rejoice, ...present offerings.

Effects of worship

Brings the Lord’s Presence, "builds a house for Him" Ps 22:3,

2 Chron 5:13,14

Connects us with our true purpose and gives wholeness. 2 Pet 2:9

Opens us to His revelation Acts 13:2,3 2 Ki 3:16

Changes us into His image by beholding 2 Cor 3:18

Praise is becoming — it makes us look good! Ps 135:3, 147:1

Defeats the enemy Jehoshophat 2 Chron 20, Ps 149,

Joshua/Jericho, Is 30:32

God is pleased/blessed Rev 4:11

Brings salvation Acts 16:29

Deliverance Ps 32:7, 1 Sam 16:23, Acts 16:25-34

Brings unity and intimacy Jn 12:32, answers Jesus’ prayer Jn 17:21


19] Worship


[Taken from the devotional book "Words to Ponder" by Sandy Warner]


Worship is not contained in a package of rules. Do not allow man’s interpretation to set you askew from an honest relationship with Me. As often as you think of Me, as often as you speak of Me, as often as you sing of Me, there I AM.


It is not how you worship, rather it is why. You worship and give Me honor every time you set your heart in My direction. It is not in the outward display, but in the heart. Man can go through the display with his heart far from Me. You have allowed man’s interpretation to condemn you of that which is precious to Me.

I cherish your yielded and tender heart’s response to Myself. Please do not allow guilt to separate us when you do not fit into man’s mold. You fit into My mold, and that’s all that matters.


"...The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth..." (John 4:23)


20] Word study of Praise and Worship

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance in the Hebrew Dictionary



"And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the LORD, which King David had made to praise (01984) the LORD, saying, "For His mercy endures forever," whenever David offered praise by their ministry..." (2 Chronicles 7:6)



01984 halal {haw-lal'}  a primitive root; v  AV - praise 117, glory 14, boast 10, mad 8, shine 3, foolish 3, fools 2, commended 2, rage 2, celebrate 1, give 1, marriage 1, renowned 1; 165


1) to shine 1a) (Qal) to shine (fig. of God's favour) 1b) (Hiphil) to flash forth light 2) to praise, boast, be boastful 2a) (Qal) 2a1) to be boastful 2a2) boastful ones, boasters (participle) 2b) (Piel) 2b1) to praise 2b2) to boast, make a boast 2c) (Pual) 2c1) to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise 2d) (Hithpael) to boast, glory, make one's boast 2e) (Poel) to make a fool of, make into a fool 2f) (Hithpoel) to act madly, act like a madman



"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise (08416) unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." (Psalms 40:3)



08416 tehillah {teh-hil-law'}  from 01984; n f   AV - praise 57; 57  1) praise, song or hymn of praise 1a) praise, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God) 1b) act of general or public praise 1c) praise-song (as title) 1d) praise (demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God) 1e) renown, fame, glory 1e1) of Damascus, God 1e2) object of praise, possessor of renown (fig)



"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise (03034) him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)



03034 yadah {yaw-daw'}   a primitive root; used only as denominative from 03027; v  AV - praise 53, give thanks 32, confess 16, thank 5, make confession 2, thanksgiving 2, cast 1, cast out 1, shoot 1, thankful 1; 114

1) to throw, shoot, cast 1a) (Qal) to shoot (arrows) 1b) (Piel) to cast, cast down, throw down 1c) (Hiphil) 1c1) to give thanks,, laud, praise 1c2) to confess, confess (the name of God) 1d) (Hithpael) 1d1) to confess (sin) 1d2) to give thanks




"All the earth shall worship (07812) thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah." (Psalms 66:4)



07812 shachah {shaw-khaw’}

¤ a primitive root; TWOT - 2360; v

¤ AV - worship 99, bow 31, bow down 18, obeisance 9, reverence 5, fall down 3, themselves 2, stoop 1, crouch 1, misc 3; 172

¤ 1) to bow down 1a) (Qal) to bow down 1b) (Hiphil) to depress (fig) 1c) (Hithpael) 1c1) to bow down, prostrate oneself 1c1a) before superior in homage 1c1b) before God in worship 1c1c) before false gods 1c1d) before angel

(Hermeneutika - Bible Works for Windows)


[21] The Dove and the Eagle

Vision given to Roland on 7/13/97


Roland saw a vision while we worshipped the Lord in the evening service. He saw a beautiful white dove descend down into the church and land on the platform at the top of the steps. He said it was very beautiful, very gentle, and very peaceful. He then saw a huge eagle descending down toward the dove with its wings spread out. He said the wings were very large and very strong. His first impression was that the eagle was going to attack the dove but instead the eagle landed on the lower step and in front of the dove and bowed down to it worshipping it. After a while he saw the dove begin to feed the eagle with blue seeds from it mouth.


Possible Interpretation From Dale:

The dove represents the Holy Spirit and the Eagle the prophetic gifting. The Holy Spirit appears as beautifully pure, gentle, and peaceful and the prophetic gifting comes across as mighty and powerful. I believe the vision was a lesson for us that move in prophetic giftings: As we worship the Dove, the Holy Spirit and Who He is, we will be fed the Word of the Lord. Blue represents heavenly things; James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." "The seed is the Word of God." (Luke 8:11)


[22]  Hearing the Hebrew Words for Worship

S.S. Heard on 6/28/98


I kept speaking the words tehillah and techillah during worship on Sunday morning. I did not know what these words meant and later that week, when I kept hearing the words over and over, I thought the Holy Spirit wanted me to look them up.  Here are the definitions to the two words. They were speaking about worship:


TEHILLAH: 8416 tehillah (teh-hil-law'); from 1984; laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn: KJV-- praise.


Brown Driver Briggs: praise, a song or a hymn of praise -- a) praise, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God); b) the act of general or public praise; c) a praise-song (as a Hebrew title); d) praise (demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God); e) renown, fame, glory;


HALAL: 1984 halal (haw-lal'); a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify: KJV-- (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feignself) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

Brown, Driver, Briggs:

1) to shine

a) (Qal) to shine (figurative of God's favor),

b) (Hiphil) to flash forth light,

1) to praise, to boast, to be boastful,

a) (Qal) to be boastful, boastful ones, boasters (participle)

b) (Piel) to praise, to boast, to make a boast

c) (Pual) to be praised, to be made praiseworthy, to be commended, to be worthy of praise

d) (Hithpael) to boast, to glory, to make one's boast

e) (Poel) to make a fool of, to make into a fool

f) (Hithpoel) to act madly, to act like a madman

TECHILLAH: 8462 techillah (tekh-il-law'); from 2490 in the sense of opening; a commencement; rel. original (adverb, -ly): KJV-- begin (-ning), first (time).

Brown, Driver, Briggs: beginning, first

a) the first time

b) from the beginning, in the beginning (with a preposition)

CHALAL: 2490 chalal (khaw-lal'); a primitive root [compare 2470]; properly, to bore, i.e. (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively, to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): KJV-- begin (X men began), defile, X break, defile, X eat (as common things), X first, X gather the grape thereof, X take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.


Brown, Driver, Briggs:

1) to profane, to defile, to pollute, to desecrate, to begin

(Niphal) to profane oneself, to defile oneself, to pollute oneself; ritually, sexually

2) to be polluted, to be defiled

a) (Piel) 1) to profane, to make common, to defile, to pollute, 2) to violate the honor of, to dishonor, 3) to violate (a covenant), 4) to treat as common,

b) (Pual) to profane (name of God)

c) (Hiphil) 1) to let be profaned, 2) to begin,

d) (Hophal) 1) to be begun,

1) to wound (fatally), to bore through, to pierce, to bore,

a) (Qal) to pierce

b) (Pual) to be slain

c) (Poel) to wound, to pierce

d) (Poal) to be wounded

2) (Piel) to play the flute or pipe


[The Lord may be saying that radical praise will make a way for a new beginning in the Lord.  I feel like the Lord was confirming that He truly has changed the way we "Have Church," and is commencing with an original, first time/beginning way of worship. He is "opening a wedge," beginning a new thing in our midst. Lewis was playing the flute, which is part of the Techillah root word Chalal. During this service, Pastor also was blowing the shofar. Every time the shofar would blow my ears would open. I feel like the Lord was showing me that it will be very important for us to open our ears, and HEAR what the Lord is saying, if we are to enter in and receive this "New Thing." It is going to be very important if we don’t want to miss out.]


[23]  Teaching - Understanding & Overcoming the Performance Spirit

By Sandy Warner 4/20/99



A pervasive spirit sent to hinder worship and the free flow of the anointing within churches



In the world’s definition, musicians are trained to perform.

To perform is merely to produce something in front of an audience.

The audience’s task is to observe and to respond.

How they respond is to either appreciate or to judge.

The above concept is the basic ingredients of a world-wide spirit of performance that attacks worship teams as well as the participators in church services.



1) The worship team feels responsible to produce their gifts in such a way that they must take the people into the Presence of the Lord.

2) Because of this, they take the burden upon their shoulders to "produce."

3) If the "performing" of their gift doesn’t produce the proper response, then they feel like they have failed. They are going to feel a measure of frustration. And they are going to lose a measure of confidence in their giftedness.

4) If the worship team is going through the motions and they see that the "audience" is just observing and not participating, it leaves the team feeling helpless and not knowing what to do to help the audience to enter into the desired response.

5) Likewise, if the people in the audience participate in outward visual worship and they think that other people are watching them and therefore it inhibits their participation, this is also the influence of a spirit of performance.

6) If people actually do not participate at all because they are worried that other people will be watching, then that is also the influence of a spirit of performance.

7) This influence goes beyond our traditional definition of worship. It also encompasses anyone who has a gift and is inhibited in sharing that gift, no matter what the gift.



The bottom line of being influenced by a spirit of performance is that we have our eyes on people and how they are or are not responding. A performance spirit gets our eyes on people and off our adoration for the Lord.

This spirit of performance quenches the anointing. It has been prophesied world-wide that the glory of God is coming and it is coming on the wings of worship and praise. God inhabits the praises of His people. We have got to overcome this spirit of performance if we want Him to inhabit our meetings.



1) Building the progression of songs from singing about God to singing to God. This brings people’s hearts into united adoration as a natural result of the flow.

2) Using transparencies enables people to enter in and not just observe.

3) Positioning the overhead projector so all can see the words to the songs.

4) Positioning the setting so people don’t have to look through the worship team in order to worship and in order to see the transparencies. A stage and an audience is a natural set up towards presenting the "performer and the audience."

A while back, Don Potter, leader of MorningStar worship was trying to overcome another stronghold and that is one of worshipping the worship leader. Don had to turn his keyboard to the wall for 2 years until he could get his eyes off people and get the people’s eyes off him!

5) Limiting songs that people do not know.

6) Allowing time for the Spirit of the Lord to hover in the room. After people have "spent" themselves in worship, musicians (without voices) play quietly, allowing people to rest in His Presence. The Spirit is allowed to do a deeper work than just a surface level. Many visions and hearing the Lord occur during this time of waiting upon the Lord. These deeper level experiences happen after people have finally entered in, got their eyes off of others and onto adoring and hearing the Lord.



1) Ask the Lord to forgive us for having our eyes on people and ask Him for help in turning our hearts towards Him.

2) Pray corporately against the spirit of performance.

3) Understand worship: Rick Joyner’s newest book (The Call) shares his experience of going to the throne room. Jesus told him that one pathetic worship meeting had the capacity to touch the Father’s heart like no other worship in heaven could. That is the reason why the angels love to come to earth and minister to us because they know how it pleases the Father. Rick saw this pathetic meeting and all of heaven crying because the Father was so deeply touched by the people’s love and efforts to worship. He was deeply moved because in spite of all hell coming against us, still they chose to love and worship Him! We have the capacity to touch the Father like no one can in heaven. Rick could hardly wait to come down to earth and worship Him.

Worship is a matter of our expressing our heart to Him, and that is impossible when we have our eyes on others and their responses instead.





Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:    Email:  







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