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The Power in Songs of Praise

I just wanted to take this moment to encourage you all with not just a song of worship, but with the powerful weapon that we have in worship through song, coming from our very lips and hearts, no matter if they are out of tune or not appreciated by those sitting next to us.

Often times we allow men (to the delight of the enemy) to deter us from opening our mouths in song unto or Heavenly Father.

What is the big deal with singing to our Heavenly Father?

Well, there is power in it that shifts the atmosphere. It is through song that our hearts are encouraged, that we remember what our God has done for us in the past, is presently doing, and will do.

It is through song that we find strength, and that the enemy is evicted from our atmosphere, for our God inhabits our praise. (PSALM 22:3)

Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Our song does not just encourage our own hearts but the hearts of those around us. Songs unto the Lord set the atmosphere, and our hearts to Hear HIM. In  II Kings 3:15 (vs 13-19) we see the prophet Elisha instructing the people to bring him a minstrel to play unto the Lord so that he will be able to hear a word from Him.

II Chronicles 20:1-30 (20-23)) King Jehoshaphat defeats the armies of his enemies, not with power or might, but by singing and worship to the Lord: “For the Lord is Good and His Mercy endureth forever.” The host of them stood and sang that before the Lord and their enemies and their camps were thrown into confusion and they destroyed one another.

How many of us have enemies? How many of us need them out of our path and way? Open your mouth and praise with a glad heart with song, not just to remove the enemy, but because you LOVE your FATHER. Praise Him because you know He has already made your every enemy your footstool and given you the victory through His finished work on the Cross.

Consider Paul and Silas. They had been jailed and placed in a situation that seemed impossible to be delivered from, but they SANG SONGS OF PRAISE, and we all know what happened! Heaven moved and they were released from their shackles. (Acts 16:23-35).

Not only that, but an entire household came to faith because of their praise!

The entire book of Psalms, the book that I believe encourages us most, is a Song book. David and the other authors sang these words unto God and found peace and deliverance.

Worship in our song is our warfare as well.  It gives us confidence, again through reminding us that we are greatly loved, that Yeshua Jesus is for us and good to us, that we already are victories through Him, and it also stands as a witness to unbelievers.

Ultimately, and this is my favorite part which makes my heart smile, it delights Him!

The same way when a child draws pictures of their parents when in kindergarten, and the images are interesting, to say the least, the Mother and Father delight in the gift of love via the picture and put it on display because of the love that was put into those drawings just for them. Even if the parents are missing a neck and arms in the image, and may look like a big red blob, there is pride and love in receiving them.

That is our praise and song to our Heavenly Father; out of key, words misplaced, but the spirit behind the melody is love and thanksgiving and that is what He delights in!

He has given us a new song, We need to sing it! Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.

Take a moment in worship and encourage as you. It is called “Favorite song of All” by Philips Craig and Dean.
 

God bless you all!

*Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Revised from March 17, 2015

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