#WCW – Word Crush Wednesday…Music as a Weapon

WCW – Word Crush Wednesday

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; – Ephesians 5:19-20

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Music is a remarkable superpower. It’s supernatural. It’s an influential phenomenon that commands the mind, heart, and soul of a person, sometimes rendering them powerless or powerful contingent upon the message accompanying it. Simply put, it’s a weapon!

Yesterday morning, I awakened to these verses working a full war concert against every other thought in my head.

[Verse 1:]
Raise my voice in testimony
’cause he’s more than a friend to me
Gave my heart ’cause I believe he’s the almighty
I can look at my life and see all the things that
He’s done to set me free protecting me from harm
Raise my hands to show how I feel
His presence is oh so real
Till he’s guiding me I’ll be still
’cause I’d be lost without him
My heart and soul I dedicate and to show I appreciate his love
I’ll give him praise

[Chorus:]
Lift Him up
Each and everyday we celebrate our faith
(Lift Him Up)
In a song of praise thanking him for everything (Lift Him up)
Devotion I express because I know I’m blessed (Lift Him up)
Praise Him with every breath
Glorify His name, Lift Him up via-azlyrics.com – Yolanda Adams “Lift Him Up”

I immediately jumped up and grabbed my cell and earphones to hear the entire song. I’d lost it in transferring data from one phone to the next. So, I quickly downloaded the song again. I just couldn’t shake it. I pressed play and before I knew it, I was working a few James Brown moves across the floor. I then found myself settled down in ‘thank yous’.

Over the past couple of days I’ve been bogged down in a bit of angst over some pressing deadlines. As of Monday evening, I actually layed down in defeat over the situation because it would take nothing short of a miracle to resolve it. I didn’t give up. I gave in because I was exhausted from worry. “It is what it is”, I told myself. BUT, although my mind was tired, my spirit was still in the fight. Want to know what its weapon of choice was? Thanks and praise!

There are situations that will arise in this walk of life that we have totally no control over. We can do a million things to remedy them but still not find a fix. I’ve learned and am still learning, those situations serve to teach us. Faith requires exercise. That exercise is our praise–that gratitude that erects itself in us and repeatedly says, “Lord, I don’t completely understand what I’m going through right now, but I thank you that I’m still breathing in it. I’m alive, I’m well, and I know you got me.” This song woke me up and served as a reminder of that.

Don’t give up.

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