The Power of Worship

One of the greatest ways we can worship the Lord is song. I enjoy worshiping the Lord by singing at my church. It's a great way to express my love for God. Psalm 99:5 tells us to exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool.

Have you ever thought about just how powerful worship can be? The story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16: 19-34 tells just how powerful worship can be.

One moment Paul and Silas are sharing the Good News in the city of Philippi in Greece. The next moment they are attacked and arrested. They are stripped of their clothes, severely beaten (flogged), and thrown into jail, their feet put in stocks. Talk about your bad day!

However, because Paul and Silas were filled the Holy Spirit, this radically affected the way they handled their circumstances. Did they choose to whine and complain about their situation? No. The Bible tells us they choose to pray to God and sing songs of praise to God in the midst of their circumstances. They choose to worship God even when their situation was dire.

What is the result of their choice to worship God? The Bible tells us that around midnight there was a great earthquake, so strong that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Prison doors flew open and chains fell loose from all the prisoners. Now that's a mighty God!

The guard awoke from his sleep and saw all the prison doors open. Supposing that all the prisoners had fled, he drew out his sword to kill himself, as he knew that he himself would be put to death if even one prisoner escaped. However, Paul cried out for him to stop. He assured the guard that they were all still here. The guard's response was to ask "Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved?"

Paul and Silas told the guard "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved."

Back at the guard's house, Paul and Silas helped not only the guard to receive Christ, but everyone in the guard's home to receive Christ as well. The guard cared for Paul and Silas. He washed their wounds and fed them. The guard and his entire family were baptized. The guard's entire household rejoiced as they had come to know God. They were thrilled to be believers in God.

This story shows just how important worship is and how powerful it can be. This is a magnificent story of God completely changing a situation due to worship. No matter how difficult your situation is, you still need to worship God. God commands us to worship Him and He is worthy of our praise.

In the context of worship, whether formally at church, or informally at home, God can help us break free from our daily struggles. It's during the very act of worshipping God that He can move in our lives. It is of the utmost importance that we spend time worshipping God.

I don't know what your circumstances are. You could face a situation that is less dire than being imprisoned as Paul and Silas were. You could face a problem just as significant, such as losing a home or losing a loved one. Or you could even face a more critical situation such as a life threatening disease. No matter what your circumstances, I urge you to turn that situation over to God and continue to worship Him in the midst of whatever is happening. God is there for you.

We worship and trust the Lord Almighty because He can rise high above our troubles. He is our God and a source of unlimited strength.