“As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the [enemy]…”
~ 2 Chronicles 20:22a
I laid on my couch at home, exhausted for the umpteenth time weeks after finishing my stem cell transplant, and surviving the near-death ordeal because of a blood clot.
(Just so you know, resting is always allowable when we’re sick).
But you’d think after overcoming all of this, I’d feel pretty pleased to put this mess behind me.
And I was.
But do you know what one sentence crept in from time to time when I felt an itch, or extra tired, or perceived any discomfort? That maybe my cancer journey wasn’t over?
Nobody warned me about this lingering side effect.
This constant concern for our health is exactly what the enemy of our souls wants us to focus on. I’m all about strategies, so this should come as no surprise that I’ve devised a special methodology to implement whenever waves of hopelessness roll through our lives.
You see, I’ve found it’s difficult to sing and worry at the same time.
Please reread that last sentence again.
On those days when heaviness constricts your heart, crank up your favorite praise music and swing a God-sized bat straight to the noggin of the one who roams around to steal, (mentally) kill, and destroy us the best way he knows how (John 10:10).
It all starts in our head, where Satan loves to discourage us from praising God by using any method that psychologically unravels us.
And you know what? Whispering lies is his first tactic.
And keeping us from praising our King? That’s tactic number two.
Consider this. Many scholars believe that Satan directed the choir in heaven (Ezekiel 28:13 KJV) before God threw him to earth after some prideful uprising ensued (Ezekiel 28:11-18 KJV). The very music he used to praise our Lord with enticed him to pursue some sneaky thoughts; since others worshiped God by following Lucifer’s divine directing abilities, why shouldn’t they throw a little praise his way? He’s the leader, right? In arrogance, maybe he imagined that his giftedness to lead warranted some tribute, only his lofty thinking triggered his toss from heaven, along with one-third of the angels who joined him in his prideful rebellion (Revelations 12:4 KJV).
What one thing do you think Satan despises most?
What one thing do you think reminds him that he will spend eternity in hell?
Bingo. Praise music.
When we sing worship songs to Christ, we ward off those negative thoughts the enemy repeats. Today, magnify your favorite Jesus-music and sing away to the Healer of this universe.
And with each chorus, glorify the One who can set an ambush against the enemy.
Yes, that is something to praise the Lord for!
What did the Lord reveal to you as you read?
Write a prayer to God, asking Him to help you discover new uplifting praise music:
According to research, singing strengthens the immune system. A study tested amateur choir members’ salvia cortisol (stress hormone) levels, secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA), and emotional states before and after an hour-long rehearsal. The researchers noticed that the amount of proteins in the immune system that function as antibodies were higher after rehearsal, suggesting that choir singing positively influences both emotional affect and immune competence.
~ Adapted from the Department of Music Education,
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
~ Acts 16:25 & 26 NLT
“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
~ Psalm 28:7 NLT
“Then his people believed his promises. Then they sang his praise.”
~ Psalm 106:12 NLT
“Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.”
~ Psalm 95:1-2 NLT
“David sang a song to the Lord after the Lord had rescued him from his enemies, especially Saul. These are the words to David’s song: Our Lord and our God, you are my mighty rock, my fortress, my protector. You are the rock where I am safe. You are my shield, my powerful weapon, and my place of shelter. You rescue me and keep me from being hurt.”
~ 2 Samuel 22:1-3 CEV
“Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all! Let the whole earth know what he’s done! Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion! The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.”
~ Isaiah 12:5&6 MSG
“Moses and the Israelites sang this song in praise of the Lord: I sing praises to the Lord for his great victory!”
~ Exodus 15:1 CEV
“Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.”
~ Psalm 107:21-22 NLT
“Next the devil took (Jesus) to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. ‘I will give it all to you,’ he said, ‘if you will kneel down and worship me.’ ‘Get out of here, Satan,’ Jesus told him. ‘For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”
~ Matthew 4:8-10 NLT
“Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.”
~ Psalm 90:14&15 NLT
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My dyslexic brain thanks you.
In His hands (glory!),
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