The Power of Worship

Girl singing with a line of people like a choir
Complain and remain. Praise and be raised. ~Joyce Meyer. How I worship and how it relates to my mental health

The Power of Worship

“Alexa, play my playlist Jesus Songs” “Alexa, turn it up.” This is a sign of, either way, I am upbeat and happy and want to Praise, or I am down down down and need to Praise. 

I came across this quote by Joyce Meyer (She is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I can relate to her teachings)

Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.

I definitely want to talk about positive thinking in another post because this one is about worship and Jesus. I was thinking about doing a positive quote post until I did some Google research and found that almost all of the blogging world has done one. I don’t want to re-create the wheel or recycle stuff, so I let that idea sit in the back for right now.

What is Worship?

Back to the quote, when I read it, I paused. I thought to myself, “YES! this is so true!” But what really do praise and worship mean? Here is a great explanation

Both of the primary words in Hebrew and Greek for worship in the Bible mean the same thing: to bow down or lay one's face to the ground. It's an acknowledgment of God's glory. There is someone who is transcendent and glorious, and He is worthy of our full allegiance and devotion!

I am combining praise and worship because I see them together. When I think of one, I see the other. For my personal faith, praise plays a considerable role in how I express my thoughts about God. 

Praise can look like something entirely different for different people and cultures. For myself, I love to sing, and I do it horribly! Some people like old-fashioned Hymns, some like new contemporary Christian music, and others still like hard rock Christian or rap Christian.

What does the Bible say about praise and worship?

Ephesians 5:18-21 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.

God’s word talks about music here. The book of Psalm is songs written in worship, praise, and prayers to God.

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

My worship time relates to my Mental Health.

Everything here revolves around mental health. This blog is helping people who have suffered abuse or have a mental illness, and hobbies that I use to help my mental health SO, we are talking about praise and worship and singing to God because these things help me immensely. 

One of my mental illnesses is Bipolar Disorder which means, in general terms, my mood can be very upbeat at an extreme level or incredibly depressed also at an extreme level. It also fluctuates back and forth, sometimes quickly, and it is called rapid cycling. 

To me, praise is present in both. I can be happy and bounce around to upbeat praise music, or I can be at an extremely low and sing quiet and melancholy prayer songs, as well as praise to God. Thinking about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is calming to me because I think of them as Loving, Merciful Father and Savior and Helper. I am reverent in my beliefs in God. I see Jesus as the ultimate Savior, and I know from past hardships that He has saved me many times. When I sing or listen to praise and worship music, I am reminded that I am loved by the Creator of the Heavens and Earth.

My Playlist

My “Jesus Songs” prayer list consists of 91 songs (right now, because I add new ones all the time) and is 6 hours and 9 minutes long. I have all types of Christian songs in there. There are popular songs by prominent artists like Big Daddy Weave and MercyMe to other artists that are not as well known, like Christy Nockels, whose songs are so moving and powerful. I also have old-fashioned hymns on this list that are close to my heart because my Grandparents love those.

My favorite way of playing this list is on my Amazon Echo or the Alexa App on my phone. I also have a few songs on a YouTube Playlist. I am in love with YouTube! I have learned so much from it, from crochet to web design, on this blog. It is also great to see the actual artist’s visions in the songs. 

I want to drop the most special song that saved me many times during the most challenging times in my life. I sing this worship song with every beat of my heart, to the depths of my soul, to my Savior Jesus. 

Kerrie Roberts – Savior To Me

Do you worship differently than I do?? Leave me a comment and let me know your idea of worship. I welcome all faith here and feel we should respect each other and our beliefs. 

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