Saturday 30 June 2012

The Heartbeat of Heaven

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of instances of the phrase 'The Heartbeat of God' coming up in different meetings.
During our last cell meeting in the west side of the city, we were privileged to be led in worship by Yvonne.

One of the songs that she decided to lead us in was the Jesus Culture song, 'Let it Rain'. She kept going back to this song over and over again while we were worshipping and using it to lead us into a deeper place with God.
As we worshipped, one phrase spoke to me deeply and it opened up a new place of revelation for me as to who God is and what our purpose is.

There's a line,

"Now the heartbeat of heaven, let us hear" which resonated with me.

I'd never thought about that line before but the amazing thing was that Yvonne mentioned during our time of sharing, that it was this line that drew her to the song for the night.
I go to the gym and there is a facility on most machines in the gym where I can check my heart rate, or my beats per minute.
At rest, my heart rate is somewhere around 65-68 beats per minute. When I'm exercising hardest, my heart rate peaks at over 192 beats per minute, almost 3 times as much.

My heart rate beats at a speed that is relevant to the function that is required of it.

This is something we begin to experience when we spend time with Jesus. The better we get to know Him, the better we begin to understand what He is doing, where He is moving.

Bill Johnson once spoke about a heart transplant, that the dead heart started to beat in unison with the good, alive heart. This is what happens with us when our hearts move closer to God. We begin to worship Him. We begin to understand Him. We begin to work with Him. We are ready to move faster when He moves and we are ready to sit in His presence when He wants us to rest with Him.

The desire for us to hear the heart beat of heaven is the desire to know God in a closer, more personal way.

God declared that David was a man after His own heart:

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ Acts 13 v 22, NKJV

Why was David a man after God's own heart? He spent time learning who and what God is. He spent time on his own, worshipping God when he was a boy.

He invented a completely new way of worshipping God. Up until David, worship of God required people to sacrifice an animal. David wrote songs and sang to God. He danced before God and raised the bar for what worshipping God was like. He was the one who wrote the first Psalms and he was the one who decided to create a temple where God would be continuously worshipped, all because his heart was after God's.

David's new move all those years ago was so profound that it has impacted us in a way that it became the new norm for worship. We find it weird if there's no worship in a meeting! That has come about by a man who found the heartbeat of God and introduced us to a new way of worship.

So, here's the challenge. Are you willing to have a heart that moves in unison with God's?
Do you want to worship Him like David?
Are you going to raise the bar so that God can say "This person has a heart like mine"?

Learn to hear the heartbeat of heaven and you will be astonished by what God reveals to you.

Roger C.