Fight song – Worship that opens doors

As I sat in Church waiting for the service to start

I felt imprisoned by my own thoughts of worry

The ‘what if’s’ and ‘maybe’s’

Swimming around in my head

Wondering if everything will be okay

Then

Worship started

And instantly I felt God’s peace flood my heavy heart

I raised my hands in worship

Which opened the door that led me into a deeper level of God’s peace and love

This was my fight song

 

WORSHIP THAT OPENS DOORS

Some days we feel so free that we’re dancing on a mountain top

While other days we can feel shackled to the curve balls that life throws at us

This is when you need to find your fight song

Just like Paul and Silas in Acts chapter 16

If ever there were two people who needed a fight song

It was them

 

‘It’s midnight. In the darkness of their cell, Paul and Silas-after surviving the severe beating-aren’t moaning and groaning; they’re praying and singing hymns to God.’ Acts 16:25, (The Voice Bible)

Imagine, sitting in a chamber of darkness

Shackled by your ankles, after receiving various forms of torture

Removed from society and thrust into a foul-smelling dungeon of neglect

Mocked by the jailers because of your faith

Confined to an underworld that resembled the gates of Hell

You’d feel like moaning and groaning in those conditions, right?

 

But like Paul and Silas

These are the moments that you find your fight song

When the stench of fear is all around you

When you’re imprisoned in a cell that has no way out

So, what’s a fight song

And how does it change things?

Glad you asked

A fight song is where you start to pray and sing, so the ground begins to shake

A fight song is one that makes the very foundations of your prison cell crack wide open

Worshipping during your worries

Worshipping through your storm

Opens the door to your freedom

Because your fight song let’s the enemy know

That God is fighting for you

‘The prisoners in adjoining cells are wide awake, listening to them pray and sing. Suddenly the ground begins to shake, and the prison foundations begin to crack. You can hear the sound of jangling chains and the squeak of cell doors opening. Every prisoner realises that his chains have come unfastened.’ Acts 16:25-26

Did you catch that?

The other prisoners heard Paul and Silas praying and singing

Even though their situation seemed hopeless

They worshipped

When you start to worship God during your most painful, hopeless circumstances

Your fight song becomes so powerful, that people will listen to it and their chains will break off too

 

If that was the end of the story in Acts chapter 16

Then we’d be satisfied

Paul and Silas would escape from the prison, and they would have their freedom

Hoorah!

But it’s not the end of the story

Say what?

It gets better

Paul and Silas’ fight song singing, not only rocks the jail’s foundations like the volume at an AC/DC concert

And snapped the shackles around prisoner’s ankles like it was made from Lego

The best bit is that it

It made their mockers and jeerers fall to their knees

‘The jailer sends his assistants to get some torches and rushes into the cell of Paul and Silas. He falls on his knees before them, trembling. Then he brings them outside. “Gentlemen, please tell me, what must I do to be liberated?” Acts16:29

This jailer experienced the power of a fight song

And witnessed worship that opened a door

To his redemption

That’s how powerful a fight song can be!

So sing your worship / fight song out loud

Lift your hands in worship

To a God who has the power to break open doors and set you free

 

Wendy xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Parker

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