Worship God with your Heart and Voice

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Free theme week: Worship
Chapter reading for the day: Acts 16

Singing is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of worship.
However, singing is not just some common and mundane practice that believers do
when they gather, say on a Sunday. Actually the Bible teaches that singing praises to
God and Jesus is incredibly powerful and moving and has consequences in the
supernatural realm.
The difference between worship music that is alive and worship music that is dead is
based on two things. 1. The hearts of the music leader and/or band are not in the right
place and they will not be authentic and genuine in their worship. And 2. because their
hearts are far from God, God will not dwell and inhabit their praises meaning the spirit of God will not move in them or through them. Inversely, if the music leader/band’s heart is ready to praise God and solely be devoted to his glory then God will inhabit their
praises, the spirit will be moving, and exciting things will happen. When speaking about
praising God through our voice it is imperative that our heart be in the right place. God
doesn’t want a voice to sing to him. He desires a heart overflowing with love and
worship that manifest in singing praises. There’s a difference.
With that being said we’ll look at Acts 16.22-34. I won’t type out the passage but I’ll
summarize it. In Acts 16 Paul and Silas are in the city of Thyatira. While preaching a
slave girl was following them praising their work. However, she was demon-possessed
and was being a hindrance to their work. Paul cast the demon out of her and her
owner became furious. Paul and Silas were arrested, beaten, and thrown into prison.
Then read what happens next as they are in jail:
“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God,
and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake,
so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors
were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” – Acts 16.25-26
Paul and Silas were singing songs of praise and were praying prayers of praise. Despite
their circumstances, their hearts were solely set on God and praising him. The result
was God caused an earthquake, the inmates were set free, and the jailer and his family
were saved.
Setting aside the circumstances and details of the story, we see two men praise God
wholeheartedly and their worship in the natural realm moves God in the supernatural
realm to affect their current circumstances. We see from this account that singing and
praying can actually move the heart of God. Our worship in the natural can make waves
in the supernatural.
We see the same principle in II Chronicles 20.1-23 (please read). Worship can move
mountains in the supernatural realm. Singing can be a weapon used against the enemy
and dark spiritual forces. Our warfare in the supernatural is waged by singing and praying. Praising God and Jesus with our voice does not have to be mundane and
routine though sometimes it can be. Rather, singing has the ability to make waves in the
supernatural realm, move God, and wage war against the enemy. But this is only
possible with a sold-out heart seeking the glory of God. A heart that praises him in all
circumstances and gives him glory in all seasons of life. That is the kind of worship that
God responds to.

-Jacob Rohrer

Sing, You Say?

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We need to talk about singing.

Singing praises and worshipping God is something that we are called to do as Christians. Does that ring a bell?

“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.” -Psalm 95:1

“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.” -Psalm 100:1

Those are just two of the many verses throughout the Bible that references singing. God wants us to make a joyful noise unto Him!

Sometimes a person may not want to sing because he or she thinks that his or her singing voice is not ideal. Possibly, they may think that they would burst someone’s eardrums if they try to sing. Although in some cases that may be the case, God is not worried about our vocalistic abilities. He just wants us to make a joyful shout to Him!

Singing in front of other people might not be your thing. You may be worried of someone judging your singing. These two reasons do not amount to anything compared to the calling that our Heavenly Father wants us to worship Him. If singing is not your preference think about this: We are within this world. We are sinners. We have to make changes within our lives to obey God’s Word and to live according to what His will is. Therefore we are called to change our ways. We might need to step out of our comfort zone. If you are worried about someone judging your singing abilities, remember who the real judge is. We should not judge others. Our judgment is from God, which Jesus Christ has the authority over. When Jesus Christ returns, we will be judged according to our deeds. If anything, just know that you are doing what God wants you to do! No one should be able to take away that joy!

Find your personal preference of worship music. We, humans, are more willing and open to worship by singing, if we are comfortable with what we are singing. Are you more of a hymn, chorus, or contemporary worship song type of person? Find something that you enjoy and make a joyful noise to the LORD!

Singing is just one form of worship. Ultimately anything we do that glorifies God or is done in honor or love for God is considered worship. Remember that you can love God from anywhere!

Today I encourage you to continue to make joyful noises unto the LORD or begin trying to worship by singing. It’s something we are called to do! Find your preference in worship music, and sing, sing, sing!

-Brenan Dominguez