‘Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.’ 1 Samuel 16:23
The music of David was more than natural. It was accompanied by power and blessing from God. Worshipping with music not only uplifts, but also brings God’s presence to us.
For a while I hadn’t been touching my piano, so I asked the Lord to help me find a few minutes a day to play worship songs. Eventually I started yesterday evening. Then I found myself ringing up five people (a church member, a colleague, a service provider, and two friends) afterwards - a bit of a surprise but feeling joyful and a sense of fulfilment. I was pondering that it must be the worship songs I played which had lifted up my spirit and ignited my energy to be able to act!
I have found that ideas of doing things that occurred to me from my morning prayers often get lost by the end of the day. Perhaps it has been due to business and weariness during the day, or I’d rather choose to stay in my comfort zone. So I am asking the Lord to remind me to spend time worshipping Him with music. And I encourage you to do the same – spend a few moments every day to sing or listen to worship songs and see what happens next. Here is an encouraging hymn ‘Because He Lives’ that we sang in Chinese in our Connect group’s last virtual gathering. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you in this special way.
Our heavenly Father, Hallowed be Your Name! Please lift up the hearts of your people. Let us continue the habit of worshipping and praising you in songs, music and instrument, which in turn brings your power and presence. Let your Will be fulfilled on Earth as in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Pray for musicians in our church community, that they will find ways of continuing to play in the lockdown and that for Jo Leeds as she leads the worship team at this challenging time.