The Power of Worship

by Jonnica Norick

I believe that we all have defining moments in our lives. For me that moment came when I was 19. I had just moved to Minneapolis, MN for my freshman year of college, and I was excited for the adventures that were ahead of me. I had no idea how quickly life could change. It was the day before classes started that I received a call from our lead pastor, Pastor Doug, saying that my 24-year-old brother had passed away. Life took a sharp, unexpected turn that I wasn’t prepared for.

In my time of grief and sadness, I learned quickly what defined me. I remember being in a practice room, sitting at a piano, thinking the only thing I knew to be true was the power of praise and worship. I began to sing and worship in the midst of the uncertainty that the death of my brother had brought to my life. It was through this experience that the Lord showed me just how powerful praise was.

There are many instances in the Bible where we see just how powerful the praises of God’s people are.  In 2 Chronicles 20:18-24 we read about Jehoshaphat defeating Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir through the power of worship! In vs. 21 it states, “He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: Praise the Lord, for his mercy endures forever. When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and THEY WERE DEFEATED.” Worship was their only weapon! We also see this in the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16. They won the victory by singing praise in the depths of the Philippian prison and were freed by an earthquake. Jonah worshiped God in the belly of the great fish and was spewed up onto the shore. Worship brings victory! Worship and spiritual warfare truly go hand-in-hand.

As team members and leaders, we have a great privilege and honor to guide people into the presence of worship. What we may not always realize is the incredible power that worship holds. It fights battles, it wins victories, it brings freedom, it restores joy, and it crushes fear.  Do we realize the fullness of worship? It changes lives, hearts, and, most importantly, ushers people into God’s presence. Worship is a powerful tool that we as believers hold. If we truly understand the power of our praise, I believe we will see people healed from brokenness and grief. We will see joy breakthrough and battles won.  Worship continues to transform my life as I worship through moments of joy and moments of sorrow. My prayer is that we all embrace the power of worship and allow it to transform our lives, families, church and, most importantly, our relationship with our Savior.