The other day, I had some “stinkin’ thinkin’” going on, and my thoughts were bringing my mood down. All of a sudden I just broke out in song. After singing a few choruses of a worship song that addressed my issue, I noticed that the negative thoughts were not pressing in on me anymore. It was astounding! I had peace. That day God was teaching my hands to war! He was showing me that singing a song in the midst of a spiritual battle is spiritual warfare that works. Worship is, indeed, warfare! Praise is truly a weapon! We simply have to use what God has made available, for an unused tool left in the spiritual toolbox is absolutely worthless.
To illustrate my point, I want to cite some examples in the Bible we can draw from:
- In II Chronicles 20, the strategy God gave was to put the singers in the front lines of battle. When they sang, the enemy became confused and the Israelites defeated three armies that were coming against them.
- In Acts 16:25-26, Paul and Silas were imprisoned. When they sang songs in the middle of the night, there was an earthquake. The prison doors opened and the shackles fell off.
Therefore we can conclude that singing in the midst of trials is an effective spiritual weapon. But why does it work? Let’s take a look at what the Word of God says:
- Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Therefore as you sing praises, the Word you hear is deposited in you and dwells in you, and faith will rise up in you. When you believe God for deliverance, deliverance will come.
- Zechariah 2:10 says, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, says the LORD.” Psalm 22:3 says He inhabits the praises of His people. In other words, when we sing, God shows up! When God shows up, deliverance is inevitable!
So if you are being bombarded by ungodly thoughts like anxiety and fear and being sorely tempted by the enemy, break out in song! Find a song that directly addresses and counteracts the satanic thoughts the devil has injected into your mind. When you praise God, you will confound the enemy. God will show up and fight for you. The anointing of God will, indeed, destroy the yoke, and the enemy will end up where he belongs: under your feet.
How has praise and worship helped you cope with a difficult situation? Please leave a comment below.
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