Worship to Win the War
When Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Macedonia, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:25-27)
In 1 Samuel 16:23 when Saul was tormented in the spirit, “David would take the lyre in his hand and play. So, Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
When Job faced the worst circumstances anyone can ever experience, “Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshipped [saying] blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20) and in the end, “So the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:12)
See the word “blessed” at the beginning and end of Job’s story, where Job “blessed” God and God “blessed” Job? In Hebrew it’s the same word. It affirms God’s faithfulness stated above from Genesis 22:17, “In blessing I will bless you…” Praise God!
Worship wins all kinds of battles: battles against the natural world, like with Paul and Silas; battles against the spiritual world, as in the story of David and Saul; and battles within ourselves, like in Job’s story.
In the presence of the Lord is “fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) and “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). So if you want to win...worship.
Many people don’t have a “why” for worship that exists within their spirit, but instead do it for reasons that exist outside of them. It’s just a habit, routine, or something they’ve been taught to do and they listen to Christian radio or sing songs about God on Sunday while missing the whole point.
Why should you worship God? If you truly understood the power and purpose of worship a better question would be: Why wouldn’t you?
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Alicia Purdy is a worship leader and a full-time writer with an M.A. in Journalism. She is the host of “Living Out Loud!”, a weekly radio show broadcast at the ALIVE Radio Network. You can learn more about Alicia’s books including, “The Way of the Worshipper”, catch up on “Living Out Loud” episodes and subscribe to free devotionals at her blog: TheWayoftheWorshipper.com. Alicia is also a human with an ongoing education in all things life-related! Her passion is to write about real life and a real faith in a real Jesus to inspire, encourage and entertain people from all walks of life. Alicia and her husband have 5 kids ranging from 20 years old all the way down to 4 - and 1 cat, named Chester. You can find and follow Alicia on Facebook and Instagram. She welcomes questions and discussion. You can reach out via email at The Way of the Worshipper. If you meet her in person, she will most likely try and wipe you down with essential oils and then ask if you want to grab a coffee.