Music Stories and Testimonies

Worship as Warfare

Have you been feeling spiritually empty? Drained? Depressed? Sick? Stuck? Angry?  Have you tried worship?

In the Psalms, we see David express every negative emotion from depression, anger and frustration to God.  He didn’t pretend to be okay when he wasn’t because he had an honest relationship with God.  Open Psalms and you’ll see his songs often begin with frustration, but in the moment of talking to God he always finds a promise and sings it until he believes it.  His psalms almost always end with praise.

There is a reason for this.  Worship is warfare against the enemy of your soul who wants to steal, kill and destroy from your life and your joy in Christ whether it’s through sickness, depression, feelings of self-hatred or worthlessness. (John 10:10) There is nothing he hates more than hearing you worship God.  In 2 Chronicles 20:21 we see this in action.

“Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever. When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another” 

Unarmed men singing worship led the battle, and what is the result? The enemy destroys itself with no fighting whatsoever!  The faith it takes to lift your hands and sing praises to God in hard times or when you don’t feel like it is what changes the wind.  It’s not fake to worship God when you don’t feel like it, it’s FAITH.  And it only takes a tiny bit of faith to get there…Like Jesus says, you only need faith the size of a mustard seed.

I was having a rough day a few weeks back.  I was beginning my sabbatical and was just feeling really frustrated, depressed, and a bit useless.  In the quiet place, where I knew God wanted me to be, I was being bombarded with a lot of lies.  I went to the piano (where I knew only about 3 chords) and just started expressing how I felt even though they were words of no faith.  The chorus became words with a little faith.  As I sang I felt lighter and the song began to turn to praise.   This was how I wrote my first ever song, “When Perfect Love Comes.”   See the lyrics below!

You may be thinking, “I want to worship, but I’m not musical,” or “I want to worship, but I don’t know where to start.”  Try closing your eyes, playing this song first song below and lifting your voice and hands to God as an act of surrender.  In the second song, you have an opportunity when the worship leaders are singing their spontaneous worship to God, take this opportunity to do it yourself.  Create your own lyrics to God!  Just tell Him whatever is on your heart but in song.

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“When Perfect Love Comes” by Caroline Frost Shea

Verse 1

Some days it’s easier to follow You
Other days it’s harder but I try
Some days I can’t seem to find You
I’m searching in the fog and lost my way

Chorus 1
But every day You say You are with me
Help me every day to believe
Tune my ears to hear You in the silence
Telling me of Your great love for me

Reprise
And I will follow
Because You Love Me
And I will follow

Verse 2

Some days my heart explodes with love for You
Other days self-hatred tries to win
But every time I lift my hands to praise You
Your all-consuming love comes rushing in

Chorus 2

So every day I’ll choose to praise You
Every day I’ll choose to believe
Help me Lord to lay down perfection
Let your perfect love wash over me

Bridge

When Perfect Love arrives
He breaks off all the lies
You’re never hard to find
It was only in my mind

Reprise

So I will follow
Because You love me
And I will praise You
Because I love You
And I will follow
Because You love me

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