Na’aseh V’Nishmah

Toward the end of our worship set this past Shabbat, it seemed that the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit] sweetened the room with that unmistakable Presence. Tears moistened eyes, the sound of deep breaths could be heard, and my hands began to tremble as I expected a sudden rush of Him. The next song on the set list was Na’aseh V’Nishmah, a song I penned a few weeks ago, from Shemot [Exodus] 24, where Yisrael responds to being sprinkled with the blood of the Covenant saying, “We will do and we will hear.” With the opening phrases of the song being played the Presence intensified. Sometimes you play and sing a song and sometimes, in rare moments, you simply hold on and allow the song, the music, and the words to sweep through you unfiltered. Such was the moment of this tune yesterday.


There is a means of worship that I have come to attempt over the years. I refer to it as “swinging the door open”, to allow the Ruach to move in and change our direction or our cadence, or our approach to whatever song we are playing. I’ve experienced the wonder of a totally spontaneous song erupting out of an opening of this door. We become so rigid and structured in our worship efforts at times that we forget we have an audience of One, Who is the subject and focus of what we are doing. So I will use momentary pauses or something a little different to swing open the door for the Ruach to move in and change whatever the Throne desires. 

I really don’t remember what door was opened yesterday or at what moment the entrance occurred, but the door definitely was effective. The only thing I can offer is the idea behind the song was the open door; the understanding that His people were saying, “We will hear You and  do what You say.” The act of Obedience is the greatest worship that we can offer Him. Our melodies, harmonies, promises, or words of praise mean nothing without a heart that seeks to simply to what He asks. His Torah, the long forgotten commands that Moshe [Moses] taught us show us what He desires of His own. Yochanan [John] 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commands.”

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