Worship is one of the most powerful weapons we have been given to fight the enemy. When we worship God before going into battle, it tells the enemy and the spiritual forces of darkness exactly who is fighting the battle. God is able to move mightily and bring freedom to so many people, when they surrender their lives and worship Him. This topic of freedom in worship was exactly what I was studying and preparing to teach my children in Kid’s Church yesterday, but they taught me something, too.
We began with worship, dancing, and flags. In doing the worship unit with them, I have been taking flags and explaining what they represent and then giving them opportunity to use them. After singing, “I Am Free” and going crazy for Jesus, we sat down to talk about the story of Paul and Silas worshiping in prison.
About 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 16:25-26)
After reading the story, I began talking to the kids about how and why worship brings freedom. I was talking about it shifting the spiritual atmosphere, and one of the kids says, “Yeah, like an earthquake shifts the plates of the earth.” Suddenly the light bulb went on in my head. When Paul and Silas started worshiping and praising God in the middle of their horrible circumstance, it shifted things spiritually and physically because it said, “Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake…” The earthquake was a physical sign of what was spiritually happening in that jail cell. And another thing to note, when the atmosphere shifted everyone was freed. Not just Paul and Silas, the entire jail cell found freedom.
Your worship has the power to bring you freedom and to bring freedom to those around you. I don’t think this is a formula thing of input x amount of worship and receive y amount of freedom. No, God is not a genie in a bottle, but He is true to His promises. When we truly worship Him, we will find ourselves abiding in His presence and truth. Jesus promises us in John 8, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
In worship, we are declaring God’s truth, or at least we should be. And the light of God’s presence penetrates the darkness. And when the darkness you are facing is met with the glorious light of God’s presence, everything shifts because darkness cannot drown out light. It is scientifically impossible.
So, dear reader, if you find yourself in a place of darkness, a place of anger, hate, or bitterness, a place of addiction or bondage, a place of anxiety, stress, or depression, worship God. Pray and seek God. Find the truth of God in scripture and then declare it in worship to God. And watch my God show up and bring you freedom. Worship shifts the atmosphere and brings freedom.
What then shall we say to these tings? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these tings we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
Father God, I pray for whoever is reading this blog today. I pray that they find the truth of your Word and cling to it. I pray that a new song of worship and freedom wells up from within them, and I pray you show up in a mighty way. You are the Banner of Victory. You are the Mighty Warrior who fights for His children. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is nothing that has been or will be that you have not already defeated. All that we struggle with is under your feet, and we praise you and exalt you as the worthy Lamb who was slain, that by your stripes we are healed and by your blood that was shed, we have complete freedom. You are not a half-baked partial God, so the good work you have begun you will bring to completion. You are victorious! And to you, oh Lord, be all glory, honor, and praise for it. Amen