And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. — Revelation 11:15
You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways. – Job 22:28
It is fun to be in a corporate praise setting. We enjoy glorifying the Lord with beautiful melodies, vibrant instrumentation, and wonderful lyrics expressing our love for Jesus. And when His Presence gathers thickly all around us, it seems like heaven on earth.
But what the Church is only beginning to understand is that our worship goes beyond our congregational (or home) setting and breaks down the enemy’s walls in cities and regions. It puts demonic forces to flight, so that they are no longer able to oppress whole people groups. Worship opens the floodgates of heaven over a wider geographical swath than just the little band of believers who are actively participating. It brings blessing and freedom to those around them as well.
How does this work? We have already quoted James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” When we worship, we are drawing close to the Lord. He is attracted to us through worship, and fastens His attention upon us. Worship goes on constantly in heaven, so when we participate in it, there is a holy union that takes place between our earthly domain and the heavenly domain.
Heaven is a place of light and goodness. When we worship, we draw down that same atmosphere around us. And when light comes, darkness and the dark spiritual beings cannot remain and function as they would like to. Light cannot be easily contained; its nature is to emanate outward. Thus, when we worship, we draw down the light of the Lord around ourselves – but it spreads outward to our neighborhood, our city, our region.
When we worship, we are doing the will of God in the earth. The Lord’s Prayer says, “Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”(Matthew 6:10). God’s kingdom is established in the heavenlies. He has given us the honor of partnering with Him in reestablishing it on earth. (I say “reestablish” because the kingdom was established prior to mankind’s fall, and there has been a process of restoration to that original state going on in the earth ever since Jesus secured entire victory through the cross and resurrection.)
Every time we speak or sing of the majesty, greatness, power, and glory of God, we are decreeing it and affirming it in the earth and over the powers of darkness. We establish God’s authority and His glory in the earth by verbalizing it. Extolling God’s love and mercy in our worship is a holy declaration that opens the way for the establishment of His love and mercy around us. Adoring Him for His faithfulness releases His faithfulness in the atmosphere around us to a greater degree. When we sing of His greatness, His goodness, His power, those things are loosed among us. This is not to say that God’s mercy, faithfulness, greatness, and all the wonderful qualities that make up His character are limited in some way, and that we make them bigger by our worship. But there is a cooperating between us and heaven that takes place through worship that causes the goodness of God to be manifested more fully in the earth by honoring Him aloud for those things.
Am I saying that worship is only accomplished correctly by verbalizing it? Absolutely not. Worship is not only an outward act; it is a continual attitude of the heart. There are times of deep intimacy with the Lord where words could never express our love for Him. Heartfelt adoration of the Lord is of great value, while mere lip service is of no value whatsoever. But the speaking forth of audible worship has been neglected by some, due to a lack of revelation of its importance. It’s time we come into a better understanding of the impact of the sound of worship.
As in previous posts, I again want to stress that we don’t use worship to get revival and awakening in a region. We worship purely to honor the Lord for Himself alone. But the by-product of that worship is annihilation of hell’s grip on our region and full-blown establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual
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