We sing. Men do it to women. Women do it to men. Children love to do it. Birds do it. Dogs do it in their own way. Singing is much apart of our communication as talking. At some moments where talking won’t suffice, singing can say what our words alone can’t. We sing for all sorts of reasons…Birthdays, celebrations, love, happiness, funerals, entertainment and even in education. In school, how many people ACTUALLY learned the alphabet? We learned the alphabet song. Think about it. Try saying it without singing it…uh huh. But hey, the song got the job done.
WHY DO WE SING?
Why is singing so natural to us? Every culture, every tribe, every nation every people group. We all sing! This omni-relevance that singing has points to the Creator. Our Heavenly Father created us with music in our hearts because He is a musical God. He loves music! And because we were made in His image and likeness, we also love music. Music produces all sorts of emotional experiences in us and it does the same to Daddy God. Many scriptures reveal this aspect of music and how it is a vehicle of expression and worship to God.
Psalm 100:2 “Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing.”
Psalm 95:2 “Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him.”
Psalm 147:7 “Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God with a harp.”
Singing is spiritual. It opens up your heart and emotions. Ever wondered when you listen to that song why you just “get open.” Music opens the gates of your heart to let things in…feelings, thoughts, spirits. It is the easiest way to get you to do something you didn’t want to do. It’s why advertisers and companies play music to lure you in to purchase products or eat at their restaurants. Jingles for “Folgers” and McDonalds “badabababa-I’m loving it” brought in a lot of revenue for their companies. In religious ceremonies and rituals, chants and rhythms are played so a “spirit” can be played in. We have got to understand the POWER and influence music has over us. It’s the reason why murderers listen to certain types of music before carrying out their demonic acts…or right before a sexual escapade, the “atmosphere is set” with the right sensual music. Music influences us but it also influences something else…the spirit realm around us.
The number 1 reason we sing is for the worship of Almighty God. Worship singing is a primary element of intimacy with God and a critical tactic of warfare for those with The Jesus Mind. We express how much we love Him and how much He loves us. Worship however is also a war song. Warriors from every culture and nation have traditionally marched into battles while singing battle hymns. A common Biblical record is found in 2 Chronicles 20. Singing to God brings His presence near us. When His presence comes, Heaven comes. This is the Open Heaven we desire. Heaven invades Earth every time someone sings a song of worship to God by faith. When we glorify God in songs of worship, God’s glory is manifesting on Earth. This in turn drives back oppressive and demonic forces of darkness around us. I have seen depression, sickness, diseases, chronic pains, addictive behaviors all broken off of people’s lives in times of corporate worship singing to God.
3 FACTS ABOUT WORSHIP SINGING
- Worship singing creates intimacy with God. You always become like the One you worship.
- Worship singing connects Heaven to Earth. Healing, deliverance, miracles, revival all are released as Heaven touches Earth.
- Worship singing is a powerful weapon against the powers of darkness in spiritual warfare. By ascending in worship, you descend in war.
I want to focus on the last part. Chuck Pierce popularized that phrase in his book “The Worship Warrior.” Ascending in worship, descending in war. Our worship takes us before the very throne of God. When we know God deeply in worship intimacy, He clothes us with a kingly anointing, a power that allows us to claim the inheritance waiting for us here on Earth. People, places, nations all are in our inheritance. (Psalm 2:8) Great grace is given to those who know God in the throne room of worship. The only way the Kingdom is truly advanced on the Earth is through the lives of true worshippers. See what worship & warfare general pioneer David declared in Psalm 149:5-9:
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7 To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
8 To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.
David was first introduced to us in scriptures as a shepherd boy who loved to sing and worship the Lord. By the end of His life we see a warrior-King who stilled loved to worship the Lord. Worship and warfare go hand in hand. The heart of worship produces the sound of worship. The sound of worship activates the war in worship. Once a worshipper releases the worship sound, the forces of darkness on earth are penetrated with the light of God’s glory and all of Heaven begins to fight on behalf of God’s people. Worship produces a strong influence of divine, heavenly power in the invisible, spiritual world around us. Jesus would often times get away from the crowds and worship the Father in secret. He then advised His followers to do the same thing. (See Matthew 6:5-15) Jesus said my “house shall be called a house of prayer.” (Matt 21:13) The Hebrew word for prayer here is tephillah which means “psalm” or “prayer set to music.” Finally in Psalm 22:3, David revealed “You are Holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” “Praises” here is the same word tephillah, the term we commonly know as worship. During worship, God’s immediate and manifest, tangible presence is expected to be evident and expressed in a way that isn’t when we don’t worship. If you desire to sustain a culture for healing, miracles and revival in your midst, create a priority of daily worship singing. Keep the focus vertical. Sing your way into the presence of God. He dwells in the worship of His people.
- Psalm 95. A Song Of Praise. A Call To Worship And Obedience (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- 3..2..1..We Have Worship! Psalm 108:1-5 (psalmslife.com)
- Psalm 147:1 Praise Looks Good On You (writedownthesewords.com)
- God be praised! Worship as being “taken out of the ashes and placed at the table.” (wordsatworship.com)