Warfare by Praise – Part 14
by Pastor Bill
Years ago, Karen and I took a group from our church to another church in Atlanta to hear Chuck Pierce teach on intercession. There were probably 500 people at the service and we were in the next to the last row of seats. The worship was excellent and the presence of the Lord was very strong. All at once a lady in the row directly behind us began to have demonic manifestations. Some ushers quickly took her to a back room and she was delivered from the demonic spirit. In the presence of the Lord, demonic spirits often manifest themselves. This was quite often the case in Jesus’ ministry.
In 1 Samuel 16, God had just rejected Saul as the King of Israel. He instructs Samuel to anoint David, and when he had done so, the Spirit of God came upon David mightily. Then, the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit terrorized him. Saul’s servants suggested that a skillful player of the harp be brought to him so that when the harp was played, he would have relief from the evil spirit. One of the servants suggested David, and he was brought in to minister to Saul.
(1 Sam 16:13-16) “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.”
When the evil spirit came upon Saul, David would play his harp and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him. In the presence of the Lord, evil spirits could not remain; they had to leave. David’s worship on the harp ushered in the presence of the Lord. That is why we are commanded in Ephesians to “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”
(1 Sam 16:21-23) “Then David came to Saul and attended him…So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
Lord, we want to be a people who are mighty in Spirit. We want to be a people who worship you with instruments and songs, and who are continually being filled with Your Spirit. We want to be a place where evil spirits must leave, and those who are tormented are made well. Help us to keep growing in our worship. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.