By Karen Murchison
“Ascribe to the LORD O families of the peoples
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the LORD in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth.“
As I read this psalm, the word that stands out is “families”. God is all about family. God’s desire is for families to worship/pray together. The IHOPABQ prayer room is a sacred space to do this. In this place is an atmosphere for each family member to experience God’s presence, give their adoration and offerings of praise.
In this psalm, David had just delivered the ark of the covenant inside the tent that he had pitched for the ark (God’s presence) to reside there. God’s heart was not just for priests to enter the Holy of Holies, but families, His family, to come into His presence. They are to bring their heartfelt offerings of thanksgiving, praise and adoration to the Sovereign God sitting on His throne. Together as families, they are to stand in the gap for our city, state, nation and world. They are to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and the beauty of the atmosphere surrounding His throne. As they get a glimpse of His heart, their hearts will overflow with gratitude of how great and marvelous He is working in their lives, even when sometimes they don’t understand it. When they are in His presence we can sense His Fatherly love and can trust Him to lead us.
God’s desire is to see the 1st and 2nd commandment restored to the family. As they sit in His presence, their relationship with God Almighty grows deeper and more intimate. This is a time of undistracted worship and intercession through the reading and singing of the Word. And agreeing with the prayers as they are lifted up as incense before the LORD.
This unifies the families and the body of Christ in our city as we set our agendas aside and come into His presence. This sacred time away as families is preparing the next generation to be so in love with Jesus. They would have a heart like Paul and count all things loss in comparison to the love relationship they have with Jesus. The next generation would be rooted and grounded in love, so they would not be persuaded to follow the things of this world.
In Joel 2 it says in the last days He is going to release an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on families, old men and women, young men and women and on our sons and daughters. Everyone in the family would prophesy. God will release a flood of the Spirit so that there will be a greater desire to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and a greater anointing to share the gospel so that souls are saved.
His invitation is for families to gather in prayer and worship and to see His power and justice released on the earth.
O Come let us adore Him together as families.