When we feel discouraged, it can be a struggle to motivate ourselves to worship God, even though we know that is the thing we really need to do. However, when we’re feeling like this, we can turn to the Bible and find the prayers and cries of all those who have gone before us. Reading praise and worship verses in Scripture can spur us on to praise God even more.
Declaring powerful Bible verses can really impact our worship. It can help us to see our current situation from a new perspective. Let’s take a look at some strategies from David for praising God with scripture, and then read on for five powerful praise and worship verses.
Psalm 103 begins with David saying: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.” Have you noticed that we can tell our soul what to do? David says, “Praise the Lord, my soul.” Even though he is downcast, he speaks to his soul and tells himself to worship the Lord.
In Romans 7:18, Paul talks about the fight that goes on within our own bodies: “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” We sometimes have good intentions but get side-tracked. Paul explains that now we are born again, we have entered a new realm – one of the spirit, which means we can speak to our soul (our emotions). “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” (Psa. 42:5-6). Be encouraged that your mouth can speak words of truth to your soul.
In Psalm 103, where David is downcast, he remembers what God has done for him before, saying, “My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember You”. He lists the things God has done for him; He forgives, He heals, He redeems and He satisfies (Psa. 103:3-5).
The more we remember God’s goodness to us, the more we see His faithfulness. The more we remember the things He has done for us in the past, the more we will trust Him with the future, and the more we are thankful for, the happier we will be. Remembering is a great spiritual practice.
There is spiritual power in speaking things out loud. Romans 10:8-9 says, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart… If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is the power of the spoken word: salvation. What could be greater than that? Remember the power of speaking the truth out loud. If your soul is feeling downcast within you, then declare the promises of God out loud.
One way you can defend yourself against discouragement is to prepare a strategy. Write down your biggest fears, worries or insecurities on a card. Answer each one back with a verse from the Bible and write this down next to the worry. Whenever this fear or worry comes creeping into your head, fight it with the Word of God. We are creatures of habit and often, I find that the same worries come up time and time again. On the desk where I work, I have a postcard of declarations. I read these from time to time, tuning in to the voice of God and tuning out the world for a while.
The first piece of armor in Ephesians 6 is the Word of God: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” This is how important the word of God is. When we have this truth buckled around our waists, it will give us the strength we need to face whatever is coming our way.
Five powerful praise and worship verses
Read on for my top five powerful praise and worship verses.
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (Psa. 106:1) What a wonderful truth – that His love never ends.
- “Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.” (Jer. 32:17) Remember that God is the maker of heaven and earth and there is nothing He can’t do.
- “God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” (Phil. 2:9-11) When praying for sickness or any other lack in life, I love to use this verse. Jesus is the name above all names. It is a great reminder of His authority.
- “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:39) I love this verse. It is a wonderful reminder that nothing can separate us from His love, no matter how lonely the path feels.
- “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph 1:3) Read the whole passage for the mind-blowing list of spiritual blessings He has lavished on us. What abundant blessing is ours in Him.
Here is a blessing for you as you speak the truth of His word.
As you speak the truth about your unshakeable destiny, may it sink deep into your soul, anchoring you to Him. May your roots sink deep into the stream so that no storms can shake or deter you from your path. May you have the courage to keep walking and keep praising Him. Amen.