Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4
Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? My husband and I celebrated Christmas in Niagara Falls last year. As we stood next to the Canadian Falls, I noticed people’s expressions. They were mesmerized at the powerful force of nature before them and awe stricken of God‘s beauty — this is humanity’s reaction when we experience something beyond ourselves. Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, worship should follow because we are experiencing a holy God communing with humanity.
Currently I am over the music department at my church. Every week when I pray over the song list for midweek and Sunday services, there is a gentle nudge from the Lord to follow after praise and worship. Worship needs to be a part of every believer’s life; it is one of the reasons why we were created.
When I walk onto the platform at my church, I remind myself I am not leading songs, but I am leading worship.
When you worship, whether it’s at church or in the comfort of your own home, you can change the spiritual climate. Sometimes we sing songs on autopilot because they are well known. When lyrics become common, so does our worship. What I try to do is to intentionally pray the lyrics as I am singing; when I do this, it changes my perspective and makes me present in the moment with the Lord.
A Few Examples of the Power of Worship
- When king Saul was troubled and vexed with an evil spirit, He requested a proficient musician. When David came into the Kings Court room with his harp and began to play skillfully, the evil spirit left Saul. (1 Samuel 16:14-23).
- Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise before the battle commenced in 2 Chronicles 20. When we are in a battle, our praise will help win us the victory.
- There is an anointing that falls when true worshipers arise. (John 4:23). If you’re having a bad day, just begin to worship the Lord.
Music is an incredible tool to transport people from the natural realm into the supernatural. Worship songs have the power to heighten our emotions to feel awe, tenderness, excitement, and love. Today, if you are feeling discouraged, sad, or numb, I encourage you to play worship music and lift your hands in praise. Music has the power to make darkness flee, it brings an anointing that will go before us in battle, and cause the power of God to fall.