I love to learn everything there is about worshiping our Lord. I discovered that we can worship God with color. I went to a meeting at a friend’s house where Lynda Georgeson was teaching on this subject. Since I’m not an expert in colors in scripture, I’ve asked Lynda to help me with this fascinating subject. The following interview will help you understand God’s use of color in worship and ministry.
Connie: I know that you have worked for many years using color in ministry for the Lord. How did it all start?
Lynda: The journey began for me in 1986 when I started a worship group for children called The Young Disciples. I was given the name and purpose for this group by the Lord. His desire was for me to build them up in their faith, and then give them an outlet for ministry. Together with my daughter we taught dance, tambourines and the use of ribbons and banners. Our stage presentations were always set to Gospel music and the work grew and spread from the Gold Coast across Australia and into other nations.
Connie: So how did your understanding of the specific use of color begin?
Lynda: It began with the use of colored ribbons on the tambourines. In earlier years when we had been part of the Salvation Army, we learned that the ribbons used had a specific meaning. Then we were given a book that had similar ideas that linked the use of colors to scripture. With these seeds of thought the Lord started speaking to us about the specific use of color in our costumes, ribbons and banners. In particular He used the way that He had given detailed instructions to Moses on the use of color in the Old Testament tabernacle to encourage and teach us.
Connie: Can you give me some examples?
Lynda: One of the early color sets we received from the Lord was given to my daughter. As an encouragement to her during a time of difficulty with fear, He quickened to her the words of Zech 2:5, "For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire around you and I will be the glory in your midst." Later, He gave her tambourine movements to this scripture and a set of colors to use to represent it. They simply reflect the aspects of fire and glory and use a mix of yellows, apricots and reds, together with orange and gold.
Connie: It’s easy to see the association of these colors with this scripture. However, you have some color sets in your book called “Scripture in Color” which don’t seem so obvious. Can you tell me, for example, how you arrived at the colors for the set “Triumphant King?”
Lynda: In Rev 19:6-8 from which this came, the colors are related to the picture that is given in these verses. The royal purple represents the Lord our God Almighty, coming as King. The gold yellow and gold speak of His glory, and white is for the bride who has made herself ready.
Connie: This is also easy to understand now that you have explained it. Can you give me one more example of a color set where it is harder to find an association with the colors used?
Lynda: Some of the scripture related colors used in this book were given in a vision or a dream. It is harder to verify the connection and has to be accepted by faith. However, to encourage us that we were truly receiving these things from the Lord, He often gives confirmation through others. In the very early days of Young Disciples when my daughter was still at school, she came to me to show me a combination of colors that she kept ‘seeing’ in her mind while at the same time hearing the song: “Lord, make me an instrument of worship”, but she had no scripture verse to go with it. Eventually, as I waited on the Lord, He gave me the following verse to go with it from the Good News Bible. Romans 12:1, "Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him, this is the true worship that you should offer." Years later, while on a ministry trip in Holland a man came and asked us why we used those particular colors to represent ‘Instrument of Worship’. When we told him, he had tears in his eyes. He told us that he was an artist. The Lord had inspired him to do a simple painting of steps leading up into heaven, and to title it ‘Worship’. The amazing thing to all of us was that he had used the same colors.
Connie: How amazing is our God! Do you have any stories to tell of how God uses color to minister to people?
Lynda: I have had many experiences and also have collated testimonies from others around the world who have seen the Lord use color to ‘speak’ to, and minister to people's needs. Currently, I have a new book out called “Experiencing God Through Color” that includes these testimonies as well as teaching, and also incorporates the color sets from my earlier book. There are too many to relate – even for my book, but I will share two with you here.
The year was 1996 and I had a team with me ministering at a worship conference in America. During a time in worship and prayer in which the Lord was moving by the power of His Spirit; one of the children came to me and asked if he could take one of the ribbon sets and pin it on the blouse of one of the ladies. Because I sensed it was the Lord’s leading I said “yes”. This was soon followed by another child with a similar request who wanted to lay a colored cloth on the shoulders of someone and pray for them.
When the time of prayer and worship came to an end, we gathered around to share what the Lord had been saying. Those to whom the children had ministered to with the use of colored ribbons or cloth had either been healed or set free from some difficulty. For example, the first child to use the ribbons had used the “Victory” set of colors. Without any knowledge of their meaning, the lady shared how she had experienced victory in prayer in an area she had been struggling with for some time. This set of colors was given to a child in our group some years earlier. She had simply seen the colors of red and gold together in a dream and the scripture came to mind from Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Another instance was a physical healing that happened during a time when I was ministering recently in Sabah, Malaysia. I had instructed the people there to connect with Jesus in faith for their needs, as the woman did who touched the hem of Jesus' garment. I had an array of colored cloths in the room and one lady spent time in prayer at a green cloth and was healed of a long standing back ailment.
Connie: Thank you so much for sharing this for my website. Do you have any encouraging words for my readers who may want to learn more about this subject?
Lynda: The best teacher is the Lord Himself. Color is one of God’s languages and He can teach us how to understand it if we are open to Him. I would simply suggest praying before reading the Bible and asking Him to guide you. As with learning any language, it takes a time of first hearing it, then understanding it, and then finally being able to use it to communicate with it ourselves. An understanding of God’s use of color is especially useful to those who minister to others in the worship areas of dance, banners and tambourines and for artists of every kind.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for orders of my existing book: "Scripture in Colour." My new book, "Experiencing God Through Color" is now available. Visit my web site Rainbow Threads for more information.
Wow, how great was that? Lynda is certainly a wonderful teacher. I pray you learned as much as I did through this interview.
The following chart and color sets taken from Lynda's original book will help you understand the meanings of certain colors.
|RED/SCARLET||Blood of Jesus, Atonement, Sacrifice, God the Son|
|BLUE||Holiness, God With Us, His presence, God the Father|
|YELLOW||Faith, Joy, God's Glory, God the Holy Spirit|
|PURPLE||Kingship, Royalty, Authority|
|GOLD||The Glory of God, Everlasting God|
|WHITE||Righteousness, Purity, Harvest, Bride, Surrender|
|GREEN||New life, Growth, Healing life|
|MAROON/WINE||New Wine, Infilling of the Holy Spirit|
|PINK||Health, Healing, God's Work On Our Hearts|
|BROWN||Our Righteousness as Filthy Rags, Humility, Earthy|
|BLACK||Sin, Death, Darkness|
The following color sets explain the use of color in scripture.
| TRIUMPHANT KING
| REVELATION 19:6-7 ASV
Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. (royal purple – King Jesus, gold yellow – his glory and triumph, white – his white horse, his bride, the robes of his saints, gold – he is crowned)
| HOLY FIRE
| ACTS 2:3 GNB
Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. (The fire of the Holy Spirit.)
| ISAIAH 1:18 NKJ
Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (black - we were sinful – brown, we could not get to God by our own merits – silver, Christ redeemed us – scarlet, through his blood – white, he made us righteous)
| PSALM 150:6 NKJ
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Each color represents a different facet of praise. Scarlet – we praise God for his great love and sacrifice, pink – praise brings health, green – we give him praise for our new life, blue – we praise him because he dwells with us and in us, white – we praise him for his unfailing righteousness and the pardon from sin that he gives us, yellow – as we praise it brings the joy of the Lord, purple – we praise him that he is reigning over every circumstance in our life.)
| REVELATION 5:12 KJV
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (Jesus is worthy of our worship.)
| EXODUS 15:11 NKJ
Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Our God is a holy God.)
| NUMBERS 14:21 NKJ
But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD (His glory revealed in us, and in all his creation.)
| 1 PETER 1:18-19 NKJ
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold,....but with the precious blood of Christ..... (The love of God saves us.)
| KING OF KINGS
| REVELATION 19:16 NKJ
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.