Parents: This week, we’re going to look at how God is mighty to save in our personal lives and spiritual fights, and we’re going to look at the power of worship.
These past weeks, we’ve heard a few amazing examples of God saving the entire nation of Israel. It’s important to understand, however, that this saving power applies to you as an individual, too. You don’t have to be part of group before God fights for you. He’ll move just for you.
There are many testimonies (real life stories) about God working miracles for people. This week’s Bible story is about King Jehoshaphat putting the worship leaders at the head of his army as they went to fight a mighty enemy, and God won the battle for them! Worshiping God is very powerful. One man who knows the power of worship is Tommy Walker.
Mr. Walker has written many well-known worship songs that Christians all over the world sing today, like “He knows my name”. His love of worship music started when he was only 11 years old. He was in a church service with his parents, mostly bored and distracted. However, he remembers seeing the Holy Spirit affect people, like high school students who were weeping at the thought of Jesus’ love.
One Friday night not long after, the worship band was playing “Jesus loves me, this I know.” As he watched everyone praise God, he began to feel the Lord’s presence in the room. He saw the people around him enjoying a loving relationship with God, their Father in Heaven, and he wanted that relationship too. He realized it was only possible through Jesus. He gave his life to Jesus and was forever changed. One of his favorite Bible verses reminds him of that night, Psalm 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
Mr. Walker also loves the verse from Psalm 22:3, “…You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” The word “enthroned” means God is seated on a throne. In other words, when we praise God in worship songs, we are making a place for Him to come and sit with us as our King. Worship changes things around you. It changes things because when you start praising God with all your heart, He makes His presence known.
Mr. Walker has experienced worship bringing the presence of God and fighting spiritual darkness. Several years ago, he was on a missionary trip in Zambia, Africa. There was so much poverty, pain, darkness, hopelessness and hunger that no one was open to hearing the Gospel of Jesus. The missionaries spent several days worshipping the Lord with all their hearts before they finally sensed a break in the spiritual darkness around them. They started sharing the Gospel of Jesus with the people again, and this time hundreds accepted Christ.
We may not think our singing sounds very good, but as long as we sing from our hearts, it moves His heart. The Lord loves to hear His children worship Him, and as you worship Him, you will feel Him moving in your life.
“God is spirit. His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
2 Chronicles 20:1-30 | The Worshippers lead the way
CHAT WITH ME
1. What makes worship so powerful? Share a powerful experience you had in worship.
2. What is the difference between true worship and false, or pretend, worship?