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.