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We have all experienced the calming effects of a good song.
Whether it is your favorite song coming on the radio after a tough day at work, or watching a mother sing a soft lullaby to calm her baby to sleep, we have seen and experienced how music has the power to pacify and soothe a troubled spirit.
Do you think this is just a coincidence?
The Maker of all things certainly knew what He was doing when He gave musical sounds the ability to turn the soul from distress to the harmony of peace and love.
In the same way, our worship and praise have the power to soothe our aching souls and to clear our hearts and minds from all of the clutter and noise.
In Week 10 of the WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound? 12 Week Bible Study, we talk about exactly this topic and how worship prepares our heart to hear clearly from the Father.
This 12 Week Bible Study on the power of worship and praise is now available as an online course! Watch this clip below from Week 10: Worship Prepares the Heart to...
In this episode, let's chat about how beautifully David worshiped God with "all of his might" in celebratory gladness and how we too can delight the heart of God by releasing a joyful sound unto the throne.
Over the last few weeks, God has really been pressing on my heart the following words, “CELEBRATE ME!”.
It started around the same time as the Jewish calendar celebrates their New Year and I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is a God that never changes…And if He thousands of years ago established feasts and seasons of celebration, then that is what He still desires from His children, even today.
The most common expression of praise that say all of the time is Hallelujah.
The root word is Halal which generally means to boast, brag, celebrate, or rave about God.
Halle-lu-YAH - When we say Hallelujah we are celebrating Yahweh.
We are bragging about how awesome and powerful He is - how great is His love and grace...
I want to share with you today an excerpt from the introduction of my book, WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound?, because I believe it's the reminder God wants to share with you today:
"Did you know that sound waves can change matter?
Perform a quick online search and you can find videos of people manipulating matter, breaking glass, freezing water - all with sound waves.
How did God Himself create and mold matter in the Book of Genesis?
By using the sound of His voice.
Or did you know that the sounds of nature increase the productivity of the surrounding land?
There are studies that prove that the sounds of birds chirping and insects humming contribute to the growth and development of plants in the area.
No wonder we hear the birds singing the most at the beginning of Spring!
The birds are literally awakening the ground with their songs of praise.
Nature leads a revival, year after year, with its sound.
If sound waves can break glass at the right frequency, and if the songs of nature...
In this episode, I am sharing a Word that God gave me to share at a conference back in July under the theme, "Worship Without Limits."
How do we get there?
How do we get to a place where we can freely worship God with all that we have, in Spirit and in Truth, without worrying about the criticisms of others?
I thought "Worship Without Limits" was such a great theme and I think every single speaker that day mentioned one key: greater intimacy with Jesus!
So take a listen to today's new podcast episode and allow it to encourage you to take your worship to the next level.
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Learn more about the 12 week Bible study journey, WORSHIP: ARE YOU MAKING A SOUND? at www.soulofworship.com/book.
Come worship with us at our next event: www.soulofworship.com/events
After Moses and the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea, they worshiped the LORD with a new song:
'Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord , and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the Lord , For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war; The Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O Lord , has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord , has dashed the enemy in pieces.'
The presence of God was with the people of Israel and in His presence the army of the enemy was completely demolished. Cast into the sea and drowned at the bottom like a...
I don't know about you, but I NEED the presence of God in my life on the REGULAR.
The moment I'm feeling distant, the pressure and worries start to arise.
I have learned, and I remind you today, that it is critical to maintain a posture of worship and praise.
We can't afford to forget to lift up our voice to the Father!
The enemy will try to distract you or keep you extra busy, because he knows the power that is in your sound.
When we worship, God is enthroned, His Presence is summoned to our location, and the enemy is defeated in Jesus' Name!
I think you're going to love today's podcast episode.
Take a listen and let it remind you that you have access to the presence of God and the key is in your mouth.
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Learn more about the 12 week Bible study journey, WORSHIP: ARE YOU MAKING A SOUND? at www.soulofworship.com/book...
Last week, we discussed how worship enthrones God and dethrones everything else. (Read about it here, if you missed.)
So if we know that God inhabits our praise (Psalm 22:3), when we maintain an attitude of worship, Psalm 9:3 says our enemies will fall and perish at HIS PRESENCE.
"I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence."
If my praise establishes the kingdom of God, right here in the midst of where I am releasing my worship, no attack of the enemy can prosper!
My worship summons the presence of God to surround me and not only fill me with peace, but protect me from the adversary.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...WORSHIP IS MY WARFARE!
Praise is a supernatural weapon.
This is truly how we...
After all, it says so in Psalm 22:
"But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them."
God is enthroned in the midst of our worship. When we lift up our authentic praise to the Father and exalt His Name above everything else, God's kingdom is established right where we are.
Jesus did instruct us to pray that way as well...
"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven."
Jesus desires for the the kingdom of God to be established on the earth...just like it is in heaven!
And how do we start?
Exalting the name of God: Hallowed be Your name.
You see when you and I make the decision to praise God, our worship enthrones God and dethrones everything else.
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Back in December, I had an epiphany.
As I was preparing for our online Bible study, I re-read the following passage:
"Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”'
And then it hit me.
This thought just popped into my head:
Could the rise in the number of earthquakes be the rocks crying out?!
I immediately asked the Holy Spirit to...
1 Corinthians 14:8 says,
"For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?"
Join me in this podcast episode to discuss the Biblical importance of a trumpet sound and how it was used as a preparation step for battle. Not only that, but the delivery of the sound itself was critically important.
If the sound was uncertain or weak, no one would prepare for the battle ahead.
In our daily lives, we need to proclaim God's truth and shout with a loud voice His name with complete confidence, truly believing that He is able to help us through any battle or season of life.
Throughout this episode, we'll be reading from:
Listen in and then go out there and make a confident sound of worship and praise to our mighty God who is worthy of it!
LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Download the FREE resource called 3 Biblical Truths to Empower Your...
10 Practical Tips to Help Busy Mamas Seek Peace in the Midst of Parenting Chaos
From one busy mama to another, I want to share with you these 10 PRACTICAL TIPS today, including a highly actionable checklist, to help you draw closer to the Father and refuel you in this special ministry we call motherhood.
In this free Worship & Praise Bible study bundle, you'll receive a beautifully designed 9 page PDF that outlines three incredibly powerful worship concepts: Use Your Voice as a Trumpet Sound, Lift Up Your Hands in Victory, and the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.
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