The Lord is raising a singing army.
God is using the trials that we've been through to tune a song in his saints that will light the way in the coming season of darkness. His instruments require tension, now. As with suffering, it will bring glory. Don't despise the tension. Can't play music on a slack string or loose key.
Take heart. Sainthood is a hard path to some pretty awesome glory.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
We don't have to have musical talent to bless the Lord with a song. The instrument of our praise is not our voice or our guitars, but our hearts. Anyone can make a joyful noise from the instrument of a pure heart.
We are to worship God through everything we do, but this is a season for singing. I can feel it in my spirit that it's not just me. Ask the Lord for songs of deliverance. Sing them out. Sing them alone in your car. Your kids. When you're laughing and when you are crying. Share them with others. Let them be new songs or old songs with new wine.
God wants to move and shake things through our praise and worship. We serve the same God as Paul and Silas in the book of Acts. They sang when they were unjustly imprisoned, and the chains broke off of everyone in the prison. Just like the Israelites sang to the rock in the book of numbers and it sprang up a well. Just like Joshua and the wall of Jericho that came crumbling down when he circled it, seven times singing. As David said, God is enthroned upon the praises of his people.
No matter how dark or difficult it gets, raise a sound of worship. It's powerful. It's obedience. It's a well of grace.
I pray that this year, you will catch and release songs from Zion. I pray that these songs will light the way in the valley. I pray that they will return to you the joy of your salvation. Let's bless the Lord Jesus with songs in the night. I promise, He is weaponizing them, beyond our perception.
"And of Zion it shall be said, 'This one and that one were born in her, for the Most High himself will establish her.' The Lord records as he registers the peoples, 'This one was born in Zion.' As they make music, they will sing 'All my springs are in you.'" Psalm 87
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Wow! What does the Bible say about our musical slingshot? Examples of musicians sent into battle:
I understand what it is to not feel like singing. Especially, when suffering. The Lord is near and he suffers with us. He does not despise our suffering, but uses it to tune us to the suffering servant, Jesus Christ. I pray that he turns bewilderment and frustration into joy, in Jesus' name. Even through tears.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Psalm 30:11
Sing Jesus to your spirit and to the world. Sing to Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! A sound is emerging from the church, and it's the war cry of worship. A bold exaltation of Jesus.
Many generations of saints have labored in prayer for what God is about to do in this generation.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23