WORSHIP | Raise a Hallelujah, Bethel | Anne Bowman
When I first heard this song, I immediately started to pray and declare this over our Rooted group and all participants in the Winter 2019 experience. I felt a fierce sense of urgency to worship and pray these truths over everyone. I remember The Holy Spirit waking me up in the middle of the night not just once, but on three occasions in one week with the words:
“I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me
I'm gonna sing, in the middle of the storm Louder and louder, you're gonna hear my praises roar Up from the ashes, hope will arise Death is defeated, the King is alive!”
For me, leading worship isn’t about singing a song. It is often a battle cry. Worship is going to war to fight against unbelief, contend for healing, declare the goodness of God over people, and pray over the congregation. Worship is to declare truth that broken lives will be redeemed and chains will be broken.
What if we shifted the way we see worship and started viewing it as a time to enter into the Lord’s presence?
What if worship was an opportunity to roll up our sleeves and engage spiritual warfare?
Ask Holy Spirit to start stirring up your affections, to start shifting the way you approach worship.
Even in our darkest hours we can raise our hands and give thanks to the Lord for all of the blessings He has given us. We are raising a Hallelujah in the middle of all our circumstances, we are fighting.