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Covenant Resources

(Ps. 103:1-5) Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

  1. Who forgives all your iniquities,
  2. Who heals all your diseases,
  3. Who redeems your life from destruction,
  4. Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
  5. Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

My Heavenly Father renews my spirit (Eph 3:16). He offers resources, benefits and inheritance that strengthen my confidence and encourage my walk of faith. Each one of His benefits are promises to meet the need and teach me of His power and His Glory. Along the pages of my Bible; you’ll find written and dated Covenant principles that remind me of His provision for me. They are truths that will not fail!

  • He Forgives: (Isaiah 1:18)

Jesus tells us of the Father’s agreement through the blood of His own Son. A Covenant of Forgiveness and Grace. “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Mt. 26:28).

  • He Heals: (Isaiah 53:5)

I love the way Jesus fulfills His Father’s will and establishes the truth for our provision at the same time. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

  • He Redeems: (Psalm 34:22)

Jesus declares us - righteous by faith (Rom. 3:21-24)! A reality that cannot be accomplished by our own efforts is made available through a free gift. Because we take refuge in the promises of God, there is a fellowship in the Holy Spirit that enables me to be free from the grip of sin. I am free to live in the destiny God has for me. Redemption allows me to watch as God restores the brokenness and fears of the past.

  • He Crowns: (Psalm 8:5)

The word crown can also be translated “clothed” and we see that Jesus tells His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were clothed in power from on high (Lk. 24:49). Its the Father’s will that His Children be clothed with Glory and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The benefit of the Father’s Promise (Acts 2:4 & 8) gives us influence over the world’s system and releases supernatural impact right where we live.

  • He Satisfies: (Psalm 23:1)

Jesus makes the evidence of salvation a renewal every morning. He meets with me and satisfies my soul as a Good Shepherd leads sheep to pasture. His invitation becomes an abiding rest and empowerment. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood on a high place and shouted, “If anyone thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (Jn 7:37-38).

Excellence and Passion

To do things with excellence requires passion. To love well, run our race with an enduring strength and pursue a life with no regrets, requires something bigger than ourselves… something we are passionate about. Doing things well is part of living the abundant life and should be the standard for Kingdom People. We are called to walk in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. An excellent heart comes from who we are in God and who God is in us.

The Counterfeit:

Excellence is not the same as perfectionism. In fact, it comes out of a totally different motivation. Perfectionism is a desire for approval that flows from a religious spirit. There is no creative flow to perfectionism, because it relies upon human reasoning as its standard rather than passion and love. People who come from this motivation are often judgemental and find fault in almost anything they see accomplished.

A good example of this is when Mary pours out an expensive ointment on the feet of Jesus and Judas speaks up with a contentious attitude. To Jesus this expression was an excellent display of affection, but to Judas it was a terrible waste of money (Jn 12:3-6). Although the room was filled with the fragrance of worship, the heart of Judas was filled with criticism and judgement. Interestingly the Scripture gives us a hint of what motivated Judas. He had no concern for the poor, but was taking money from the money box, because he was a thief.

Power to Excel:

Dunamis is the Greek word for power that described the Holy Spirit’s outpouring on the day of Pentecost. Jesus said “You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is poured out and you shall be witnesses to Me… in all the world” (Acts 1:8). Notice that this power would become the motivator for the witness they carried out in the world. The Holy Spirit would release such passion that they would bear evidence of a lifestyle from another world… Heaven.

Heaven’s Purpose:

Now there is some excellence in Heaven. There are some creative ideas in Heaven. There are things yet to be accomplished through Heaven’s creativity and purpose in the Earth. Jesus wanted us to accomplish the things of Earth with Heaven’s resources. Passion, creativity, wisdom and ability are designed to be released through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Its part of our delegated authority in the natural world to be a witness of Heavenly standards. “Gold, silver and precious stones rather than wood, hay and stubble” as the Apostle Paul would say. Your work will be tested by fire and the only thing that will endure will be that which had an eternal quality (1 Cor 3:12-15).

Be Creative:

Being creative does not mean everything has to be original or amazing, it just needs to carry our unique flow of expression, passion and gifting. You and I are the Children of God that the creation has been waiting to see, waiting with groaning and birth pains (Rom 8:18-23). We carry a glory that must have expression!

  • There are songs, yet to be written and sounds, yet to be heard!
  • There are inventions, yet to be seen and businesses, yet to be created!
  • There are cures for diseases, resources for the poor and justice for the downtrodden that must break forth!
  • There are revelations to be discovered and dreams to be dreamed!

All because of the Holy Spirit’s anointing… we have been blessed with the glorious liberty of excellence and passion.

Harps and Bowls

Singing and praying have always gone hand in hand, but usually not at the exact same time. I remember the first time I heard a person sing in the spirit. It was not in a different language, it was in my own language, but it almost took my breath away. I will never forget as the whole congregation soaked in the song about the power and majesty of the Lord, sung by a person who had never sung a special or played an instrument.

It was a New Song:

We were not even listening to the voice, but rather the spirit and the sense of spiritual depth in their words. I have since learned that singing in the spirit, is simply about allowing our spirit to sing, regardless of our prayer life, prayer language or prayer history. The sound of the New Song is not about wrapping your mind around a language at all, but releasing a flow of sound and thoughts from the Heavenly Realms. Its a mingling of our knowledge of God, our sense of His timing at the moment and a desperate leaning that is allowed to come from inside of our hearts through song. It takes little or no thought of the others in the room, because it has its focus on God’s intent.

 ”Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,  and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:8-10)

It Carries a Unique Sound:

Notice these 4 living creatures and the 24 Elders. Each have two things, a harp and a bowl. The harp is a symbol of praise and the bowl is a symbol of prayer. Then a very unusual phrase enters the text. It says, “They sang a new song…” a unique sound came forth, individual and yet in harmony with one another and with the moment.

Harps and bowls are unique emblems that are designed to merge into a unique sound. In this passage, they are not just about praise and worship and praying, they are about a unity of sound and focused expression. It was about singing their prayer to the Lord from their heart of hearts, their spirit.

This “New Song”; God describes in Scripture (Ps 33:2-3), is more than just a series of musical notes or a skillful use of instruments. The songs that others have written, perfected and arranged are wonderful, but God seems to lean into the sound from our heart. He is interested in something fresh, new, spontaneous and winsome. Our spirit has a love language that only we can release to God. It can be motivated and anointed by the Holy Spirit, yet it will always be our own unique sound.

To A Unique Person:

In the passage above there is a scroll in the right hand of God the Father. No one is worthy to take it and open it. John; the Beloved Apostle, begins to weep. Immediately one of the Elders gets up off his throne and says to John, “Do not weep, there is One who is worthy.”

Jesus steps up and takes the scroll and there you have it. The essential focus of the moment was the Lamb who was worthy, because He had redeemed all who were there by His own blood. Jesus is the unique person, worthy to open the scroll. Its all about Him!

An Appropriate Sound: 

How is this possible? How can this many different people sing a new song spontaneously? This is where we begin to understand the harps and bowls ministry to the Lord. God loves music, but He is looking for music that is appropriate in its context. In the above moment, where the Worthy Lamb of God is stepping forward to receive the scroll and open it for all the world to see… the sound needs to be appropriate. It needs to fit the season and occasion.

The Ministry of the Heart:

Its a unique and appropriate sound, because it is the ministry of the heart not the intellectual perception of the mind. God wants it sung loud and clear so that all might know that He has captured our hearts. Doctrines are fine and theology is helpful, but the Christian Faith is all about the romance of the heart… “God so loved the world, that He gave us His Son…” (Jn 3:16). And now as we come to recognize this incredible gift, we give Him our hearts. What we must never forget is that God responds when our heart begins to sing the New Song in the Congregation of the Redeemed.