Prevailing through praise
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation”.
Throughout the book of Psalms, we see that David was consistently pursued and surrounded by enemies. Fighting on the battlefield, or on the run for his life, David faced many foes.
Throughout these battles, I take comfort that he didn't try to rely on his own strength or ability, but instead David knew that the most victorious place he could be, amidst the battle, was on his knees in worship, calling on the presence and power of a Mighty God who saves.
One thing I have sorely missed throughout the past year of various lockdowns and restrictions is the ability to meet together and worship. It was such a privilege to be able to do so with the worship team at church during our Christmas Services, and I long for the day when we can all stand together and worship again. Because I have found throughout my own battles in life, when I praise the atmosphere of my heart and circumstances change. When I stop looking at the battle around me, and instead choose to focus and fix my eyes on the goodness and majesty of God, I allow His power and presence to enter in and fight on my behalf.
One of my favourite old worship songs is ‘Jesus We Enthrone you’ and the chorus simply sings ‘and as we worship build your throne...come Lord Jesus and take your place’. Derek Prince, the late preacher and author, says “In heaven God already has a throne that is established forever.? But when He leaves his heavenly throne to come among his people on earth, then our praises become His throne.” ?So effectively when we worship, we are offering him a throne, a seat made up of our cries of praise, and adoration. I think it's so amazing that the God who created the heavens and the earth accepts my praises as an offering, and wants to come and dwell with me.
Can I encourage you then during these hard and strange times, where perhaps we are feeling a bit like David surrounded and afraid, to Prevail through with Praise and Worship and cry out to the God who hears us. The God who is ready and waiting to take His place among us, surround us with His presence and peace, and give us His strength to uphold us in the midst of our battles. Amen!