And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Luke 2:13-15 NKJV
As I listened to a sermon about this section of scripture the pastor said something I’ve never heard before.
“What were the angels there for? They were protecting the newborn babe.”
My heart suddenly asked, “Is there protection in praising God?”
God used the shouts and sounds of trumpets to knock down the wall of Jericho.
Joshua 6:20 KJV — So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
King Jehoshaphat experienced God’s protection from the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir through praise and worship.
Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
II Chronicles 20:22 NKJV
Yes, God does use worship.
In my own life I have seen how worshipping the Lord has brought me comfort and protection.
It is not uncommon for me to experience nightmares.
I’ve learned the best way to handle waking up from a disturbing dream is to praise God.
I thank Him for His goodness.
I praise Jesus for His salvation.
I tell the Lord all the things I can think of about His wonderful attributes and worship Him.
Then I go back to sleep in peace.
The same is true for when I’m struggling with fear or pain.
I worship God by listening to music which praises His holy name.
I speak to Him about all the good He has poured out on me.
I praise Him for everything I can think of.
And He drives away fear and brings me joy in the pain.
Yes, praising God is powerful, because it brings me to a place of humility.
It turns my attention to Him and it reminds me of what is really important.
The power of praise is in the heart fully submitted to Jesus Christ.
What a beautiful thing!
To worship the One Who is so worthy of praise!
Our son-in-law recently said something so true:
“Man was never made to receive worship only to give it.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for teaching me about the joys and blessings of praise and worship. Thank You for holding me in Your hands and walking me forward into Your truths. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise. Your name is great and Your way is perfect. “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”* Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
*(Psalms 67:3 NKJV)