Worship In The Open Heavens

I’m involved in another music recording project, and as I looked to God for vision for the project, I sensed He was telling me He wanted to give open heaven experiences to the participants.

The Bible commands us to prove all things and hold fast what is good.  How could I test whether I had really heard from God?  Certainly what I had sensed lines up with scripture – Jesus has opened the heavens to all His people.

But maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part?  Ultimately, the only way to prove what I had heard was to wait and see.  If it came to pass, it was God; if not, it was just me.

With this in mind, I posted an article, Open Heaven Arts, a few weeks ago.  Now it’s time to tell you what happened so far.

First, I prayed about it; then I taught about it whenever we met for rehearsals. Some of the lessons I taught are on other blogs – follow the links.

Second, all our rehearsals and recording times have been marked with a rich manifest presence of God. All of us who have worked on this project feel honored to have been allowed to participate.  God has touched and renewed us, whether in rehearsals or in the recording sessions.

Third, I had a throne room experience during a rehearsal. I wrote a summary of this experience – see Open Heaven Music for an article and a link to a short video with a sample of the music.

Fourth, as a group of singers met with me in the studio for the first day’s recording, there were several times when we sang toether as though guided by an invisible conductor. We had never sung together before; we had not been able to rehearse.  But we didn’t stumble over one another.  Instead, there were many moments when we sang in a heavenly harmony, unplanned by man.

Fifth, while recording solos at the studio, God gave a vision to the man who was recording, and he said he heard angels singing during one of the songs. I found this especially encouraging, because he had not been to any of the rehearsals and therefore did not know that I was expecting open heaven experiences to happen to the participants.

But it happened anyway.  I found it very moving as he shared his vision:  that a large eagle was flying, circling this way and that, weary and looking for a resting place – but there was none.  Then as he heard the music, he was able to land and rest there.

I have always hesitated to share testimonies like this in the past.  I don’t mean to exalt myself, or to write this testimony as a way to promote the upcoming CD.  Ha! It doesn’t even have a name yet.

All I know is that worship is one of the few activities found both in heaven and in earth.  (Actually, another is a family meal, but that’s another subject.)  It seems tragic to me that many of us know nothing more of worship than church music, no matter what the style.

You know the difference.  Some churches make music part of the program, and it’s as well planned as everything else that happens in the meeting.  But a few churches make time for the congregation to get lost in God’s presence in worship, losing track of time as thy tumble into an encounter with eternity.

Revival is in that sound.  Isaiah 57:15 says it like this: For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

It isn’t for just a few.  It’s for all of us.

Stan Smith  ::  © 2010, GospelSmith  ::  http://www.GospelSmith.com

2 responses to “Worship In The Open Heavens

  1. This is very inspiring I have paralyzed vocal chords most of the primary vocal chords were cut away one chord was snipped to allow an airway to be put in place, long ago, I still speak and prophesy I was prophesied over that I will be singing your message is taken seriously to heart I appreciate the sound of an inner REVIVAL.

    • Thanks for your comment. Here’s a quick testimony:

      Since my brain surgery a year ago, I’ve been on chemo — for the last few months, two kinds. I’ve noticed that I sound like a squirrel that’s been run over by a car, as do a lot of the men in the clinic where I go every other week. Nevertheless, as I’ve been singing to God, my voice is starting to bounce back with strength.

      It would be presumptuous for me to urge you to sing to God — I don’t know what is and isn’t medically possible or advisable for you right now. But even playing a love song to God will enable you to interact with His manifest presence. And there’s healing in His presence — my wife and I have seen it in our own lives and ministries again and again.

      But if you can sing to God at all, even if you don’t sound like yourself yet, know this: He loves to hear you. Sing if you can, or just play an instrumental. Either way, every sound of worship touches the heart of God.

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