Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Psalm 150:1-5 NIV

DEVOTION – NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Music is said to be able to soothe the savage beast, but what about when that savage beast is your own heart, mind, or the enemy himself? I often find I am battling the things of this world that want to pull me away from connection with our Heavenly Father.

Each busy day is full of sharing my time, love, and commitment with family and friends, and–I can’t forget–giving social media its due. Some of us give God time each morning as we start our day. Others find some time in the middle of the day or a few quiet moments at the end of the day when everyone has gone to bed. But many of us have so much on our plates we don’t find the time to give the Lord his due at all!

Since I was saved as a young teenager, I have used gospel and Christian music to help me fight my battles. It is one of the easiest ways to bring me back to focusing on him. While driving down the road, sitting in my office, in a meeting (in my head!), in the evening, or when something terrible has happened in my life and I don’t know what to say or do, listening to or singing songs of faith and salvation can help me fight whatever battles I face. It can be so comforting and can help me focus on the Prince of Peace.

I can harmonize with some of the best of them, but you won’t catch me singing a solo on stage! Songs like “Great is Your Mercy,” “Touch the Sky,” “Reckless Love,” and “Beautiful Exchange” are just a few of the many songs that invite me to bellow out the lyrics and connect with our Lord. This often happens while I am holding back tears and trying to understand God’s magnificent love for all of us.

This is how I fight my battles. I encourage you to use songs of praise and worship to help fight your battles, too, and bring you back into communion with Jesus.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being alive in us. Thank you for fighting our battles, for without you, it would be a losing battle every time. Thank you, Lord, for giving us songs and music to lift you up on high and to tell the world of you no matter where we are or what we are doing. You are the king of kings, and thy will be done as we let the devil know “not today.” Lord, I’m available to you as you are my number one. I love you, Lord, and give you all the praise and glory.

In Jesus’ mighty name,

Amen.

Demetrius Bell

Crossings Community Center Director
dbell@crossings.church

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