Inspirational, Obedience, Praise/Worship

Loosed to Worship

“And Jesus, seeing her, called to her, and said to her, Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity.  And he laid his hands upon her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:12 KJV)

Over a decade ago, Pastor T.D. Jakes was praised for his book (and eventually the movie) Woman Thou Art Loosed.  From his work, many have taken the obvious point that God has loosed us from the bondage that has prevented us from believing in and pursuing our destinies through Christ.  This is true.  God has indeed freed us!  The focus of this EmpowerMoment, however, is not upon the fact that we have been made free, but upon the question “Why?”

Why has God freed us?  Why did He bring you through that relationship?  Why did He allow you to survive that incident?  Why did He provide your healing? Why did He bless your career and/or finances?—GOD HAS LOOSED YOU TO WORSHIP!

Throughout the bible, we discover that God’s deliverance of His people is connected to worship.  In Exodus, after hundreds of years of suffering, God frees Israelfrom slavery.  In doing so, He repeatedly emphasizes the fact that Israelis to be free to worship Him.  “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they may worship me.” (Exodus 8:1 NIV)

Unlike Israel, most of us have not endured physical captivity by man.  Instead, many of us are like the woman in Luke—bound by our circumstances.  Nevertheless, whether holistically or in part, God has provided deliverance in many areas of our lives.  He now seeks a worshipful response. 

When the woman in Luke was loosed from her infirmity, she immediately began to praise God.  Similarly, when we reflect on how God has freed us from our various issues, let us also remember to respond in worship.  If God has brought you through any struggle or burden in life, don’t be ashamed to give Him the praise and worship that is due.  Don’t be afraid to share the greatness of God, to lift your hands in worship, or to open your mouth in praise.  God has loosed you to worship!  Therefore, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the deliverance that You have brought to my life.  When I am careless or reluctant, help me to remember that I have been loosed to worship.  Help me not to worship only when life seems problem free.  However, let me remember that Your deliverance is always cause for a worshipful response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to recognize that God has loosed you to worship.  I EMPOWER you to open your mouths, lift your hands, and respond to a great God with great praise!

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

Contentment, Gratefulness, Inspirational, Praise/Worship

Praise The Lord Anyhow!

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6 NIV

Have you ever been faced with a negative situation or dealt with a person that has the ability to quench your praise? I declare that while you read this message, you immediately receive a breakthrough of boldness to Praise the Lord Anyhow!

Take a good look at this picture. I passed this bed of flowers one day walking around campus. The first thing I noticed was that the flowers were reaching towards the sky. I began to ignite a praise on the inside; I was full of joy and enlightenment. Even the flowers praise God in their beauty, through His glory. As I stood there, looking pretty odd taking pictures of a flowerbed with my cell phone, I noticed the dead flower attached to the two live ones. This spoke volumes to me. Although the two flowers were connected to the dead flowers, they did not allow that to stop their growth, nor their praise. Sometimes we find ourselves connected to people or dead situations where we have to, with all of our might, continue to Praise the Lord Anyhow. Sometimes we are connected to family members, spouses, or even children with dead attitudes, but I encourage you to Praise the Lord Anyhow!

Keep looking at the picture. Look at the flowers to the distant top right. Those flowers are on a mission. Not only are they declaring to PRAISE THE LORD ANYHOW, they have relieved their connection to the dead flower and changed directions. “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV). The flowers at the top right are not even going in the same direction. Do you need to switch directions to pull away from your crowd to be able to praise the Lord freely, without inhibition?

I’m reminded of the story of David when he danced so hard, he made an outward fool of himself in the eyes of some. The Ark of God was headed to the City of David. This was considered a major reason to praise. (Get this, the ark hadn’t even reached the City of David yet, and David was already praising out of control. This is for another post, but I encourage you to PRAISE HIM even while in PROGRESS.)  Back to the story, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, “While he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.  As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.” (2 Samuel 6:15-16 NIV)

Michal was David’s wife.  When she saw David praising so hard as to being described as dancing out of his clothes she referred to him as undignified.  “When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”  (2 Samuel 6: 20 NIV). She basically told David that due to the type of praise he displayed, he was being tactless and disrespectful as a king. David replied, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” (2 Samuel 6: 21-22 NIV). David was saying, I will Praise Him Anyhow, even if I look like a fool to you. And not only that, “I may become more undignified than this.”

Dear Daddy,

Help me to continue to reach to You in boldness. Teach me how to praise You while I’m in the pit, the pause, or in progress. Help me to not be restrained when I praise, help me to remember that David praised You even when his wife thought He was being undignified, but for You, it is all worth it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you to PRAISE HIM ANYHOW. You may feel unforgiven, sinful, lost, or even unworthy. But David reminds us, to praise Him ANYHOW. Now get up and praise Him! Just as the Ark was “on its way” to the City of David, your breakthrough is on its way! So praise Him in expectancy, just as David did.

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian Church.