Worship Your Way Out of Fear

David CerulloBy David Cerullo9 Minutes

What are you most afraid of today? A troubling medical diagnosis? Financial loss? Are you afraid of a failed marriage or your children going astray?

There are many things in life we can be afraid of, but the question is, will we believe God’s Word or listen to our own fears?

King Solomon once warned in Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man brings a snare.” However, he also says, “whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Meditate on that thought a while. When you
allow fear to govern your life, you end up in bondage, or “a snare” as Solomon describes. But when you trust in the Lord, you can rest in the peaceful assurance that you’ll be kept safe from harm.

One of the grave consequences of fear is that it tends to attract the very things you’re afraid of.

Faith, on the other hand, is a powerful, positive force. Faith is trusting that God will do what His Word says He will do. Faith is laying hold of the promises of God and is the opposite of fear. King David faced fearful situations throughout his life, but he discovered that the Lord could deliver him from fear and replace it with faith.

Psalm 34:3–4 describes how David’s fears lifted when he worshiped the Lord:

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

That can be YOUR testimony as well! Take your fears to the Lord. Worship Him and magnify Him, and you’ll soon see that He is so much bigger than the fears and problems you face today. As David discovered, He will set you free from every fear!

Only in His Presence

When you worship the Lord, you enter God’s presence, which is the most effective weapon against fear you could have.

You can try everything to rid your heart of anxiety and concern, but it’s only in His presence that you begin to truly change … it’s only in His presence that you find the strength to overcome the attacks of the enemy.

Paul describes the path to transformation this way:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17–18).

Everything you need can be found in God’s presence! Whether you need physical healing … financial breakthroughs … freedom from fear, depression, and anxiety … or the restoration of a relationship with a loved one — your life and circumstances can be transformed in an instant!

Jacob experienced a powerful encounter with God’s presence (Genesis 32:24–31). After a hard-fought wrestling match with an angel, Jacob’s name was changed … his walk was changed … his outlook was changed … and even his DESTINY was changed! Instead of merely seeking a blessing, Jacob became a blessing!

Defining Moments

You should never underestimate the power of one moment in God’s presence. That’s where you will find your new beginning, and it’s where you will be empowered to overcome the fear of the enemy.

King Jehoshaphat once faced seemingly insurmountable enemies, but the Lord told him, “Do not be afraid … the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15). How did God instruct Jehoshaphat to win the battle? Through praise and worship!

He appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithfulness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so they were routed (2 Chronicles 20:21–22 NASB).

Just as King Jehoshaphat learned, God can use our worship as a powerful weapon to rout our spiritual enemies and give us overwhelming victory!

Worshiping God causes us to surrender all the things in our life that have brought us fear … frustration … anxiety … confusion … and pain. Through worship, we recognize that He alone can solve our problems and transform our lives.

Worship lifts us UP and OUT of the things of this world and places us in the realm of God’s Spirit. There the Lord showers us with His mercy, love, and grace, and He confirms that HE’S IN CONTROL of everything!

What a wonderful experience and privilege it is to step out of our earthly cares and into the supernatural presence and provision of Almighty God!

Worship the Lord, and Get Ready!

In Acts 16:22–34, we read the story of Paul and Silas who discovered the power of praise and worship just after they were beaten and thrown into a jail in Philippi. Instead of cowering and retreating, they prayed and passionately worshiped the Lord. The Bible says it was a “midnight” hour for these heroes of the faith, but everything was about to change for them:

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (v. 26).

Friend, are there some doors you need God to open for you today? Are you being oppressed by chains of the enemy that you’re desperate to break? Then worship the Lord, believe His promises, and get ready for a “great earthquake”!

When Paul and Silas prayed … gave thanks … and sang God’s praises, the Lord suddenly responded with an earthquake that transformed their circumstances! What a fantastic picture of the overwhelming victory God will give us as we worship and obey Him today. He can unleash a tidal wave of blessings to reverse every fear or frustration.

This is great news! No matter what kind of difficult situation you may be facing today, your breakthrough may be a lot closer than you think.

We are blessed to receive many letters from Inspiration partners who’ve been SET FREE from fearful situations that have held them back from God’s best in their life. Some have been freed from some sickness or enemy strongholds. Others have been blessed through supernaturally opened doors in a relationship, career, or ministry.

You may have waited for a long time, but your breakthrough can come “suddenly,” just as it did for Paul and Silas. Even when it seems like you’re in your “midnight” hour, God will turn your circumstances around when you trust Him and give Him praise!

God bless you!