Wow-ship worship goes beyond the norm, it’s worship on a whole other level, it’s worship that enables you to give to God the very thing you most want to hold onto yourself and this is an un-common and extraordinary sacrifice.
This kind of worship causes a gasp in the heavenlies, as angels await the command to carry blessings of great magnitude to that individual upon the earth, because when you are broken in gratitude to God and surrender to Him the most precious thing you have, you will very soon learn you can never out give God … because of His nature He will give back to you abundantly more than you could ever ask for, hope or imagine!
Hannah (whose husband was Elkanah) was the most recognisable woman in scripture for this.
Many of us will remember her story of deep anguish to have a child. We can all recall the time she was doubled up on the temple steps, cradling her barren womb, bringing her request before God in powerful prayer, and being mistaken for a drunk woman!
I don’t know if you’ve ever been that audacious and desperate before God you’ve been mistaken as the crazy lady?!
Hannah’s life had significant moments that stand out, but there are other facts about her that we often overlook, and it was these moments that grabbed Gods attention.
1; Hannah knew how to respond with grace or not respond at all:
For years Peninnah (Elkanah’s other wife) tormented and ridiculed Hannah for being barren, yet instead of reacting to her torments, Hannah kept her mouth shut.
There was one particular time when the family was on an annual trip to the tabernacle for a traditional feast. Peninnah was there with all of her children, flaunting them and taunting Hannah with her cruel words, Hannah knew she’d been pushed to the edge, and in that moment she had a choice – to go to WAR (with her tormentor), or go to WORSHIP (with her God)
Both would have been an outlet for her feelings –
Both could have been justified –
Both would have given her a release from the burden she was carrying-
But, only ONE would have lasting results.
Hannah refused to engage with Peninnah’s games and excused herself from the table.
She ran to the temple and dropped to the floor (as though she was throwing her anguish and pain at the feet of Jesus) and there she let it out!
Her tears fell, as she rolled on the floor in what was perceived as a drunken state.
When Hannah explained herself to Eli, the priest who had witnessed her actions, he compassionately understood and reassured her of God’s intention to give her a son.
2; Hannah was extravagant in her worship a second time:
The following year, Hannah gave birth to her son Samuel. When Samuel was 5 years old, Hannah took him back to that same temple, to the very place she had ached and cried out for a him and in another extravagant act of worship, with just as many tears I’m sure, only this time her heart had a ‘willing’ pain rather than a pain of anguish – she presented her boy to Eli. She would leave him there to serve the man of God for the rest of his days and to learn the ministry of becoming a temple priest.
I know this is beyond our comprehension or imagination, why be so very desperate for something only to give it up just five short years later?
Well here’s the thing, Hannah didn’t give Samuel up! Through her act of worship she placed him into the hands of God and this I know to be true;
*Whatever you keep is all you have but whatever you give – God multiplies *
Give him a sperm and an egg – He’ll give you a baby!
Give him a seed and some soil – He’ll give you a crop!
Give him some oil and flour – He’ll keep producing bread for months!
Give him your last few loaves and two fish – he’ll make 5,000 plus meals out of it!
He’s a generous God, but he needs extravagant people to work with.
Eli blessed Hannah and Elkhana for giving their ‘all’ to God and in return God blessed Hannah with five more children. She went on to have three more sons and two daughters whilst Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord (1 Samuel 2:21 NLT)
We must never mistake GIVING TO GOD as GOD TAKING FROM US, but we must understand what we give becomes a doorway for Him to give back to us more than we could ever imagine.
Extravagant worship wows God and makes impossible situations give way to the possible in your life.
God doesn’t want to take what you have from you, He just wants to know that what you have doesn’t take precedent in your life over him.
When we ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’ He adds to your life, when you put Him first in your;
It always wows Him and He is always moved to bring increase.