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Julie True is one of my favorite soaking worship leader. Read her description of soaking below. You can check out her music at her website.
Soaking can encompass many things. It’s a time to quiet the soul, but to be awakened in the spirit to hear the heart of God in that moment, and to interact with Him in a very personal way. Soaking time for me is always associated with music. It can be music that is sung, or music that is instrumental, but it is always music that comes to life because of what Holy Spirit is doing in that moment.
Music that is birthed in the Presence of God without having been previously composed, is typically referred to as a “spontaneous song”. A spontaneous song is music that has never been heard before by anyone, including the one who sings or plays it.
Soaking music takes us outside the boundaries of traditional worship music. It is a time of total freedom to express my love for my Father God, and for Him to express His love for me. My expressions to Him can encompass many things……………praise, adoration, intimate worship, joy, celebration, thankfulness, composed songs, spontaneous songs, with words, without words…..
Above all, soaking is a time of connecting spirit to spirit and heart to heart with the one who loves us like no other, and who created us to have relationship with Him. Soaking is an authentic interactive experience with God that has no expectations or limitations typically found in our modern worship meetings. What I mean by this is that most worship experiences in the modern church are made up of singing songs that have a couple of verses, then we sing the chorus a couple of times, end the song, and go to the next song.
In a time of soaking we might sing the same song for 20 minutes as we “soak in” and receive new depths of connection with the words we are singing. It’s an expansion of expression that permeates traditional lines that have been drawn in defining what worship is, or should be.
Soaking is a time of total freedom in the spirit…..a time to make time to be saturated by the Presence of God…..a time to breathe Him in and soak Him in to every cell of our being. It’s a time to be still and know that God is God……a time to cease striving in any way and to lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus. It’s a time to receive fresh healing in my body and soul, and to fix my eyes on Jesus…..a time to rest in the shadow of God’s wings, and to know His peace that passes understanding…..a time to hear His whispers of love for me and to allow time for that love to completely overtake me.
I bless you with entering into a deeper rest in Father God this year. May our Lord draws you into greater intimacy with Him, and may you experience more of His love, His grace, His peace, His joy, His abundance, and His presence!
By Samuel Liu
Most people in the modern world today are not at rest, and not at peace. When one turns on the news, one can sense spirits of fear and anxiety imparted through the mainstream media. The amount of “bad news” being broadcasted daily is enough to shake our faith, hope, and trust in God, if we are not intimately abiding in Him. I can only imagine the effects these news reports have on those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and savior.
For many people, fear and worry becomes normal “stress” in life. We then start to look for physical solutions to spiritual problems. For some of us, we look to our vacations from our jobs and schools, as we believe that these “breaks” are necessary for us to alleviate the stress of everyday life. For others the solution is escapism through entertainment, drugs, busyness, and/or unhealthy relationships.
However, taking vacation days or prescription drugs will never usher us into rest. True rest can only occur when our spirits and souls are at rest daily in the Lord! Physical relaxation cannot and will not stop the bombardment of fear and worry from the enemy in our minds. What each one of us needs is to cultivate a lifestyle of rest in the Lord, being refreshed in the presence of God daily, so much so that we would not need anything that the world has to offer (vacations, entertainment, drugs, etc.) in order to have peace and enjoyment in life! Also, when we are hidden in Christ in the secret place, we are shielded and protected from the enemy’s arrows (Ps 91:5) of fear and anxiety.
I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t take vacations or enjoy clean entertainment, only that we shouldn’t make them idols in which we depend on for our well-being. It is amazing how much money we can spend on these activities for the purpose of relaxation! We would be wise to heed Isaiah 55:1: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
Lastly, we need to be watching the Lord more than watching the world (through the lens of mainstream media). We need to keep our eyes fixed on God, and not merely on our problems, whether personal issues or national crises. As everything is being shaken, let the world be astonished at a people who will not be moved (Ps 125:1).