Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:15-17
Often when I’m feeling perplexed by the cares of life, I’ll hear a song that speaks to my heart and helps to calm my restlessness. Such is the case today with I’ll Just Say Yes by Brian Courtney Wilson. Scripture tells us that music is an important part of praise and worship (Psalm 95:1-3; Daniel 2:23; Ephesians 5:18-20). Praise and worship—feelings and expressions of sincere gratitude, reverence, and adoration for God—should be foundational to how we live our lives each day.
Praise involves singing, telling, giving, and confessing our thankfulness for God’s blessings by declaring that good news (Luke 1:46-55). Worship represents bowing down to express honor and respect to God (Hebrews 12:28-29). Worship remains the highest form of reverence that we can show towards God. Worship is a direct conversation between us and God—extremely intimate and personal! When we praise and worship God, the peace of Jesus Christ embraces us.
But it’s not always intuitive for us to offer up praise and worship whether the struggle rushes in like a whirlwind or comes as one of subtility—chipping away at our sense of well-being. Yet, if we offer praise and worship, we can receive refreshing spiritual waters that rain down on us to appease the storms of struggle—great or small. Praise and worship cause the enemy to flee, give us strength, lighten our load and protects us (Psalm 8:2; Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 18:3; 2 Corinthians 10:4). Therefore, praise and worship are our most effective defenses in times of struggle.
Praise and worship generate an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit and invites God into the situation to answer our prayers when we ask in Jesus’ name. So, remember praise and worship:
- Is commanded by God (Psalm 150:6; Luke 4:8).
- Facilitates access to God (Psalm 100:4).
- Offers us where God lives (Psalm 22:3; John 4:23).
- Promotes productivity (Psalm 17:5-6; Luke 7:36-50).
- Chases away despair (Isaiah 61:3; Acts 16:24-26).
- Provides an effective weapon against the devil (Isaiah 14; Matthew 4:10).
- God is worthy of praise and worship (Psalm 29:2; Hebrews 12:28; 1 Chronicles 16:29).
So, let’s offer praise and worship to God. For when He is touched by us, the peace of Jesus Christ rules in our hearts amidst our struggles!
God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.