Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you were going through a difficulty, and the Holy Spirit brought to your attention and highlighted a song or songs that ministered to you? I know I have. Those are the praise and worship songs that have brought me through and delivered me during those times of distress and difficulty. Praise is a weapon, and there is power in praise!
The Lord surrounds us with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7). Therefore, we can find safety, protection, and comfort in Him. Again, we can see examples in the Bible where praise defeated and conquered the enemy:
- Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel defeated the armies against them as they sang praise to the LORD (2 Chronicles 20:21 – 22)
- Paul and Silas sang in prison, which caused an earthquake that shook their chains free and delivered them (Acts 16:25 – 26).
We are hidden with Christ in God, and He is our hiding place (Colossians 3:1-4). There is no salvation, peace, or safety outside of Him. Jesus took our place, but we must respond to what He has done. He is our life! As the Christian hymn says, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee (Reverend Augustus Toplady, 1763 ).
Jesus is our Savior and Deliverer! He came to take away our sins and that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3: 5, 8). He came to set the captive free (to deliver people from spiritual bondage), to heal the brokenhearted (to provide emotional healing), and to open the eyes of the blind (to heal people spiritually and physically) (Luke 4:18).
The essence of the meaning of salvation is deliverance. The Greek word Soteria means salvation, and the Greek root is Sozo: to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be whole and make whole (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Greek dictionary 4982).
Begin praising the Lord for His goodness, faithfulness, and power to deliver you from your troubles amid your circumstances! When we begin to praise Him, then He shows us what to do. When we trust Him and follow His leading, then His mercy surrounds us!
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:10 – 11
Even when we don’t feel like praising the Lord, we can offer up to Him a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). When we begin to praise the Lord, we can experience His presence, and in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). He gives us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Praise opens a way for the Lord to bring deliverance, and what we are experiencing in all situations can be changed through our praise (Psalm 30:11-12; 50:23)!
Songs of deliverance are instruments of God’s grace (His power and favor). Also, remember to continue to praise and thank Him after your deliverance too (Exodus 15; Acts 3:8; Psalm 40:1-3)!
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing. Psalm 107:19 – 22
Did you know that the Lord also sings over us?
“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.