I confess the last several years have kept me locked away. Depression, melancholy, failure, and fear of the unknown, even the fear of death gripped me. I rediscovered that worship is key in pressing forward when there’s nowhere to run. One afternoon, I began listening to an anointed worship session online and played it all day. It was and is an emotional game-changer. Although, it should be a no-brainer, the power of worship in our lives is put in a corner somewhere or only used on Sunday.
Worship is the key in growing closer to the glory and presence of the living God. Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you, and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”
I want to encourage you to worship in the lion’s den, the pit or the palace. We fill our lives with things to distract us from the pain or from life’s bullying. Food, alcohol, shopping, social media and entertainment is a tempting distraction, I get it. In the end, things can’t 100 percent make us whole or offer hope that’s lasting.
However, worship breaks us through, be encouraged when others can’t give you what is needed. You’re not alone, He remains on His throne in your pain, right now. God can take us into a deeper relationship with Him. He baptizes us into a fire of healing and hope. In His presence, there is peace and joy — worship takes us there!
Deuteronomy 10:21: “He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” Psalm 99 is another stalwart Scripture: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the Lord in Zion; He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name— He is holy…”
Worshipping can start by playing songs on an iPhone, in the car or while cooking. Allow it to lift your spirit and soar closer to the One who longs to be close to you, even in pain, trouble or triumph. May God lift you to break the shackles off your feet today. And “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)