Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Praise’

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

Be blessed!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

“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

~~~~~

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.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Related Posts:

Read Full Post »

 1Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

 2The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

 3His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 4He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

 5He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

 6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

 7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

 8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

 9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

                                                                                     ~ Psalm 111

Read Full Post »

“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”  (Exodus 17:8-13)

~~~~~

“Keep your hands up!”  This was a thought that was strongly impressed upon me as I was washing dishes one morning.  I was going through a very trying time and at that moment I was thinking about everything that was going on and praying to God for a resolution.  Then I heard those words in my mind.

I immediately thought of the story of Moses holding up his hands during a battle against Israel and one of their enemies.  When Moses’ hands were held up, Israel started winning.  But when Moses’ hands got tired and he let them down, the enemy started winning.  Then two other men came and helped him keep his hands up in the air and eventually Israel won that battle.

I perceived that God was telling me that as long as I keep my hands up (i.e., praying to, praising, and worshiping Him — I believe with my hands held high), then He would give me favor in my battles, just like He did for Israel when Moses kept his hands up.

God got me through that particular battle victoriously.  There have been others since then, and He’s always gotten me through.  And I expect there to be more in the future.  I will continue to keep my hands held high to God in an attitude of prayer, praise, and worship to Him – in and out of the spiritual and physical battles that I face.

I hope this encourages you, the reader, to do the same.  Be blessed!

Read Full Post »

This is the song that taught me the importance of music that praises and worships God.  I hope it blesses you as it did me! ~ Meshawn

Read Full Post »