Worship Must Go On!

worship is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts, finding our feet“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4 NASB)

“He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love…”

(Joy to the Word! Isaac Watts )

As I heard the clamorous sound, I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. My heart began to race as the nauseating realization hit, our then 9-month-old baby Abigail and just tumbled down our basement stairs in her walker. It was Christmas Eve 1994. It was one of those crazy moments you think will never happen to you. I was ailing with the flu, and my pastor husband was trying to watch our three children as he prepared for the Christmas Eve service. The ambulance came and found her bruised but not seriously injured. My husband called the assistant pastor, Michael Saunders, as he prepared to take Abigail to the ER for a precautionary cat scan. The enemy of our souls would have loved to see the Christmas Eve worship service canceled, but Pastor Michael stepped up to stand in the gap and preached the gospel. Later that evening when Abigail was home safe in bed, we learned that Covenant Presbyterian in Hammond, IN, had experienced one of their most special Christmas Eve services ever.

Worship is indeed “an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.” ~Holley Gerth. And he will do anything he can to keep us from it. However, Jesus Christ gives us the power to stand firm and move forward in Him.

Feeling oppressed? Worship!

Feeling depressed? Worship!

Struggling with anxiety? Worship!

“Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises!”


What fun traditions do you have planned for Christmas? I pray worship is on your list. Will you “ repeat the sounding joy!”?

Yes, the earth has been cursed with an enemy since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. He would love no more than to see the busyness of the holiday stamp out our worship. Don’t allow this to happen!

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God spreads the wonders of His love, and His blessings flow: “far as the curse is found!” “Far as the curse is found!” Contemplate those words, my friends. They should indeed cause us to break out in worship…shouting joyfully to the Lord:

joy3Joy to the World. It isn’t just for Christmas!

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When have you used worship to resist the devil’s pursuit?

*My friend Kristi Miller did the “Isaac Watts” and “About the Author” graphics for this post. I thank her for allowing me to guest post on her blog, Finding Our Feet

Please check out her Christmas series!  www.findingourfeet.org (If you like, comment or share my post on social media I could win a prize! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Worship Must Go On!

  1. Equipping The Saints

    Thank you for sharing. I am sorry that you had to deal with such an ordeal, but I am glad that God was faithful to deliver your daughter. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you and your family in all areas of your lives and ministry. Amen

      1. Equipping The Saints

        I just got off the phone with a woman who was the mother of a 58 year old woman, who was a part of my ministry team. The daughter died unexpectedly in October. She and I had been discussing a sermon that I was going to preach, “the next day.” The next day never came for the woman. The woman was the youngest child of the mother, who is 80. The mother had to bury her husband about four years ago. My grief was painful when the woman died. None of this is fair, and does not make any sense. But, (I don’t like “But”) God is faithful. May He continue to bless you, encourage you, and supply all of your needs.

  2. madenewinjesus

    Thank you dear friend. What a beautiful reminder that even while I’m in the deep pit of depression, I can still rejoice in the fact that God is faithful, and just, and that His love flows as ‘far as the curse is found’.

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