All Things New

Reflection

“But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.”
MATTHEW 6:6 AMP

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
ROMANS 8:28 AMP

Worship by nature invites the presence of God, and His presence by nature brings heaven to earth. In that space, when we invite Him in, this is where miracles happen, this is where healing takes place, in many forms.

Some call that space created by invitation the “secret”, “quiet”, or “hiding” place. That moment when you’re alone with Him and He with you, and nothing else matters. Intimate worship like this can’t help but lead us into that secret place. When we sing words such as “there’s no place I’d rather be than here before your throne” and “there’s no secret I can’t share when soul and spirit meet”, we’re speaking from our true identity. When we sing or speak out these truths it positions us in a state of openness, of readiness for God to actually do a work in us. Your inner being proclaims truth and becomes aligned with THE truth.

When we recorded this song I was visiting London on a weekend break from a residential programme. I went away to seek help prayerfully with my mental health and overall wellbeing. I’d been a very unwell person for so long, and trauma had me locked in pain. I needed to find the keys to unlock myself and allow Jesus in fully.

I discovered worship to be the master key. When I worship, I’m declaring the truth of who He is despite my circumstance. Worship isn’t a transaction, I’m not worshipping Him to gain access to blessings from His heavenly slot machine (!) I’m worshipping because He’s worth the praise no matter what, and I want more access to HIM.

On top of this, worship is a battle position. “Fight the battles I can’t face, heal the wounds I cannot see”. When I listen back to this recording, I can hear the pain in my voice. At the time, I was having to face some of the most traumatic memories of my life. I was having to choose to worship, and let Him in to disinfect and dress my wounds. He can’t do it without my yes. So even when it’s a pained and reluctant yes, it’s still a yes. It’s relationship.

Then, and only then; He can and will make All Things New.
All Things New
Written By: Shane Beales, Joeri Pronk and John Peters
Lead Vocals: Maddie Bowe
Production: Malcolm McCarthy and Joeri Pronk
Mix: Rich Titchener
Maddie Bowe - one of our worship leaders, a singer-songwriter and raging truth-teller.
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