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Art In Worship

Amanda Cook

00:43:58 · Lifestyle

"There’s something that happens when we embrace our humanity before the Lord and we become childlike to live our expression out before God. Worship, songwriting, painting, architecture.....it’s all art before God."

Art In Worship

Amanda Cook

I’m on a journey of celebrating humanity. Jesus was human. 

  • There is a difference between a painting and a print. 
  • Your life is a painting, you are the paint, you are the paintbrush. Sometimes it’s a mess. There’s something about being original. 
  • The Lord is looking for the mystics and the original. 
  • Your life is living artwork. Your process is living artwork. That he is creating in you. 
  • We need to give our audience the benefit of the doubt. The world WANTS God. We are actually serving them by being authentic. 

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

God is making me more childlike the older I get. 

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 

― Madeleine L'Engle

Children don’t think they can be too big or too glorious, they live from imagination. 

  • Jesus told stories. He didn’t package it up, his messages weren’t methods. 
  • Childlike doesn’t mean unintelligent. 

We are the result of the imagination of God. 

  • The spirit hovered over the deep and when it came to humans he said let us make them in our own image. An image comes from imagination. 
  • Faith is imagination believed. 
  • Some things have to be believed to be seen.
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and strength and love your neighbour and love yourself. That isn’t a list. 
  • Being around a child you love and know pulls you into the present. 
  • You don’t have to provoke worship when wonder is around.

God gave me a vision of being in a subway underground and there was a painting on one wall and a stage on the other. The painting was one of a kind. I would go to the painting and look at it until I was moved and then I would go to the stage, pick up a megaphone and try to tell people about the painting. I would get discouraged because people weren’t listening. And I would run back and forth between the stage and the painting. The Lord said you can stop going to the stage, just go to the painting. And I just stood at the painting and cried and let the painting happen. 

Being humble isn’t making yourself small, it’s realising how big HE is. 

  • We are meant to be windows into heaven. 
  • Psalm 119:27 “I will meditate on your wonders”
  • How David understood the mysteries of God is by meditating on His wonders.

  • I think that art is necessary - sometimes I look at it and think, I should be doing something more useful.
  • But art is actually “digging a well”
  • We give ourselves to art and we remember the bible wouldn’t even be here if someone didn't’ sit down with a pen and paper and write stories. 
  • Art helps us to remember and look back on the glorious things that have happened.

Remembering has to do with re-membering. Bringing us back together, being made into His masterpieces.