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There is only one Name under Heaven
Given to man by which we must be saved
He is above every dominion
Jesus Christ, Yeshua is His Name

 

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This is an awesome live performance by Israel Houghton of the song “Our God.” 

Be blessed!

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This is beautiful in so many ways…

Be blessed!

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Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.

~ Psalm 68:1-4

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This is an amazing performance by a young boy from Brazil singing Agnus Dei.  (Goosebumps!!!) 

Be blessed!

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I know my Redeemer lives! I know my Redeemer lives!
Let all creation testify… let this life within me cry,
“I know my Redeemer lives!”

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!

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“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:21-24

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Why is worship music important?  Why do we sing songs of praise to God at the beginning of church services every week?

The above passage in 2 Chronicles 20:21-24 gives us a hint as to why praising and worshiping God in song is so important.  In this account, three different enemy armies were lined up to come against the armies of Judah and Jerusalem; and by human standards, it did not look good.  It looked as though the Israelites were outnumbered and would be defeated.

Singers were placed at the front of the army to sing praises to God as they were about to go out into battle.  When they began to sing and to praise, the enemy armies began fighting against one another and eventually killed each other.  Israel didn’t have to lift one finger!  All they did was sing!

There’s another story in the Bible about David when he was a servant of King Saul.  He was appointed to play the harp for Saul during the times when an evil spirit came upon him and tormented him.  Whenever David played the harp, the evil spirit left Saul and he felt much better.  (I Samuel 16:23)

There’s yet another Bible story that I’ve mentioned in previous posts.  (See “Related Posts” below.)  It’s the story about Paul and Silas singing praises to God while they were in prison.  As they were singing, a strong earthquake occurred that shook the prison doors open and caused all the prisoners’ chains to come loose.  (Acts 16:25-26Amazing!

I sing with the worship team at my church and I often notice that people in the audience are either barely singing or not singing at all.  Oh how I wish they could only fathom the spiritual importance of singing songs of praise and worship to Almighty God!  There’s a spiritual battle going on all around us and this activity really does cause spiritual breakthroughs in the heavenlies – good defeating evil.  Our spiritual adversaries hate music that glorifies God.  They actually flee from it!

I wrote about the following personal experience in one of my earlier posts on this blog, but it bears mentioning again.  There was a time in my life when I was so distraught over a certain situation that I was going through.  I was extremely fearful.  So fearful that I was crying and could actually feel fear gripping my heart.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

At that time, I rarely listened to Christian music apart from church.  Even while driving in the car, when I tuned into a Christian radio station, I was more interested in listening to a good sermon or talk show.  Strange for a singer, I know – but that’s how I was back then.  But that’s definitely changed.

During this particular time of great fear and anxiety, I was sitting on my bed, crying out to God, and reading from the book of Psalms.  (I always find great solace in this particular book of the Bible.)  Then for no apparent reason known to me, I reached over to my clock radio and turned it on.  I can’t remember if I searched out a Christian music station or if it was already tuned in to one, but the song “Open the Eyes of My Heart” came on.  I wasn’t even really paying attention to it.  I was just so focused on my gut-wrenching fear, my crying out to God, and my reading of scripture that the music was sort of in the background.

All of a sudden – without any warning whatsoever – the anxiety and fear that was gripping my heart just started to dissipate.  It felt like a giant hand was gradually loosening its tight grip on my heart until I finally felt “light-hearted.”  I felt like a heavy load had been lifted off of my chest and I was actually able to breathe easier.  That’s when I “heard” the above-mentioned song playing on the radio.  I then realized that the spiritual enemy that had been oppressing me must have fled because he couldn’t stand hearing this music that was praising and worshiping God – or God chased it away – or both.

Oh my goodness!  What an “Aha” moment that was!  Praising and worshiping God in song really is spiritual warfare!  Just as God caused three of Israel’s enemies to start fighting and killing each other when the singers started to praise God’s holiness; just as the evil spirit that was tormenting Saul went away when David started playing beautiful praise music on his harp; and just as Paul’s and Silas’ chains and prison doors were opened in an unexpected way when they started singing praises to God – we are delivered from our spiritual enemy, as well, when we sing praises to our Heavenly Father!  It may be a large breakthrough or a hardly noticeable one, but rest assured – something is definitely happening behind the scenes in the spiritual realm.

I hope this has helped the readers to understand how vitally important it is for ALL believers to sing songs of praise and worship to God.  Even if you don’t think you have a good singing voice, I believe God is pleased with your efforts and obedience to Him because it really is commanded for us to sing songs of praise to Him. (Psalm 98:4; Psalm 135:3; Psalm 149:1)

I would like to encourage all who are not already doing so to praise the Lord God in song every chance you get – not only during your corporate worship time, but also in your private time with God.  The devil hates it… God loves it… and you will be greatly blessed by doing it.  Amen.

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