Worship is powerful and should not be a show aimed at gaining one thing or another. True worship is sincere and genuine, flowing from a grateful heart. At the same time, God loves to reward and is pleased in our worship. Here are some benefits to powerful worship:
1) Ensuring your victory
Then Elisha said, “Take the arrows!” So he took them. Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground!” So he struck the ground three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times. Then you would have struck down Aram until you had put an end to them, but now you will only strike down Aram three times.” 2 Kings 13:18-19 (HCSB)
Let’s pretend that the arrows in this story are our responses in worship (bowing, singing, dancing, shouting…etc.). If you knew that your worship would determine your victory, how would you worship? You see the king only struck the ground three times which seems reasonable considering it would have been a weird thing to do. Many times we come into worship like the king, unsure and over dignified. If that king would have let down his insecurities and pounded the ground repeatedly with the arrows, he would have secured his victory! It’s time for us to let go of dignity, throw caution to the wind and secure our victory! Worship is our warfare! Why not dance vigorously, shout loudly, sing passionately, and bow sincerely?
2) Freeing the captives
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose. Acts 16:25-26 (HCSB)
This is one of the most powerful demonstrations of worship. Paul and Silas sang and praised God even in the most unlikely and awkward place. Their worship not only set them free, but also every prisoner in that building. I imagine that their faith in God was like a tremor set off in the Earth. Does your worship so greatly reflect your faith in God that it could set off a tremor in the hearts of those around you? Maybe, just maybe, your worship has the potential to stir up faith in the lady sitting beside you who just got diagnosed with cancer. Maybe, just maybe, your worship could break off chains and set prisoners free!
3) Gaining the favour of God
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (HCSB)
According to this verse it is impossible to please God without faith (which means it is possible to displease God) and that God can not only be sought, but we are rewarded for seeking Him! Worship can be more than a declaration of God’s greatness, it can be a pursuit of His presence. Worship is more than a song or a dance but it’s the underlying desire to know more of God. Even as we lift up His name and declare His greatness, our hearts can be opened to experience more of this great God. As we faithfully worship and seek out His heart, we will find the His pleasure because our worship is a sweet smelling aroma that rises to His throne!