Throughout the summer our church spent some time preaching through the Psalms focusing on aspects of worshipping God.  During that time a good friend of mine gave me a sermon idea/outline.  Even though I didn’t turn it into an actual sermon (at least not yet), I wrote it down and hung it on a wall in my office for later use.   The main point of his sermon concept was that worship wins the war.

Paul writes in Ephesians that our journey with Jesus is like a battle, a war if you will.  And just like in any battle, there are times when we are gaining ground and times when seems like we are losing ground.  There are a whole variety of situations that can cause us to feel like we are losing ground: depression, loss of a loved one, cancer, unemployment, difficulties raising children, etc…  All of these things can bring us to a place where it feels as though we are being defeated.

I went to bed last night feeling like that, feeling as though I have been trying to forge ground for the Kingdom of God and it has all been to no avail.  I woke up this morning ready to throw in the towel and wave the white flag in surrender.  But then as I took my dog out for her morning walk, I was listening to a song on my ipod that completely changed the posture of my heart from defeat to courage.  No longer was I looking to roll over and quit, but I was now ready to face the day and any challenges that stood before me.

I think the reason the change occurred was because through the song I was lifted out of my circumstances.  And instead of focusing on my situation, I began to focus on God and his majesty.  The song I was listening to was Phil Wickham’s Cannons. And the part of the song that did it for me was the chorus.

You are holy great and mighty
The moon and the stars declare who you are
I’m so unworthy, but still You love me
Forever my heart will sing of how great You are

So, while the war isn’t over yet, its moments of worship, whether personal or corporate, that give us the courage and strength needed to press forward even though we may feel like surrendering.

Here’s Phil Wickham’s song that I was listening to on my walk this morning.

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One Response to “Worship Wins the War”

  1. Linda

    Bryan,
    It is so amazing how God lifts us out of our circumstances and revives us when we turn to him in worship. Our world is so very small and our perceptions so limited by time and space yet God gives us glimpses into his majesty. These are moments I call God stops because our minds are silenced as our thoughts about life are put on a temporary hold. Thanksgiving, praise and a vision of life beyond what we can imagine is bestowed on us by our gracious and loving Father and we are renewed and restored once again.

    I praise God for your ministry often and I want you to know that in all of my years as a believer (44yrs) there have been only a handful of leaders who have encouraged and motivated me to seek God continually as you have. Your love of Christ speaks out of your heart therefore your witness is heard and felt by those who have been made ready by the Holy Spirit. Thank-you for your honesty and transparency,

    I believe we are living in a period of great change for the church as God judges and causes us to examine our faith and witness to the world. I have attached a clip from a film about Martin Luther because he fought the darkness of the world by holding onto the light of Christ. His fight for the Truth must have been filled with periods of emotional consequence but through it all he maintained a confidence undisturbed.

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