Keep calm and carry on!
Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!
I’m sure that like me, you’ve seen hundreds of variations of the WW II era slogan meant to help British citizens soldier on, in the face of tremendous anxiety, worry, and fear. Some of the newer versions are inspired or inspiring – some are pretty hilarious. But most of them aren’t that helpful. Whatever the suggestion, it won’t really keep you calm or bring you peace – not for long, anyway.
But here’s one straight from Scripture: Keep calm and worship.
There is something about the power of praise and worship to lift our hearts to God and draw His heart to ours. The Scripture tells us that “God inhabits the praises of His people” (Psalm 22:3 KJV) We experience His presence in an incredible way when we worship Him. And when do we need His presence more, than when we feel anxious, worried, or afraid?
When King Saul was tormented by an evil spirit, David would come and play his harp for him, play psalms of praise and worship. The anger, fear, confusion, and paranoia that had filled Saul’s heart began to dissipate. “Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” (1 Samuel 16:23)
I know when my own spirit is under attack, if I sing songs about the blood of Jesus that was shed for me, and the victory that He won on Calvary – if I put praise and worship music on in the house or the car or my ipod, the atmosphere instantly changes. For me, it’s a good thing – but for the enemy, it becomes extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant – and he leaves!
It’s one reason Ephesians 5:19 urges us, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” And Hebrews 13:5 describes a “sacrifice of praise” as a precious gift to be laid on the altar of God.
So today, keep calm and worship on!