13 May 2014
You’ve probably heard the story of Willie Myrick, the 10-year-old Atlanta boy who praised his way out of the back of a kidnappers car.
As the story goes, a kidnapper in Atlanta wooed little Willie with cash until he walked close enough to the car for the criminal to abduct him. The little boy wasn’t alert to the kidnapper’s evil motives, but he certainly knew where to turn when he realized he’d been taken captive in a criminal’s car.
Willie starting singing Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker’s song “Every Praise.” Some of the lyrics go like this: “Every praise is to our God/Every word of worship with one accord/Every praise, every praise is to our God/Sing hallelujah to our God/Glory hallelujah is due our God/Every praise, every praise is to our God.”
Willie didn’t just sing high praise to God once. No, the little boy did it over and over and over and over again—for three hours. He later told news reporters that the kidnapper went into a cursing fit and eventually stopped the car and tossed him out (thankfully, no worse for the wear).
“He opened the door and threw me out,” Willie told Atlanta television station WXIA-TV. “He told me not to tell anyone.”
Spiritual Warfare With Praise and Worship
Praise and worship is a powerful weapon in our spiritual warfare arsenal. Praise brought down the walls at Jericho (Josh. 6). Praise gave Jehoshaphat victory in battle—when Israel starting singing and praising the Lord, He set ambushes against the enemy and they were defeated (2 Chr. 20:22). Let’s not forget David’s anointed music that delivered Saul from distressing spirits (1 Sam. 16:14-17, 23).
We read these Scriptures, yet how many of us actually sing praise and worship to God in the midst of our battles? How many of us do what Paul and Silas did and sing hymns to God when the enemy has us bound up? How many do what Willie did and refuse to stop singing praises to our God when the enemy is threatening us?
God is always with you, but if you want to unleash more power in spiritual warfare, try more praise and worship
Let Everything That Has Breath …
God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). Let us sing to the Lord, shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation, come before His presence with thanksgiving, and shout joyfully to Him with psalms (Ps. 95:1-2). Let us worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness (Ps. 29:2). Exalt the Lord and worship at His footstool (Ps. 99:5).
When we sing God’s Word, we bring light into our hearts and into the atmosphere around us. Satan can’t stand the light. Worshipping God is resisting the temptation to look at the enemy. Praising Him keeps our focus on God
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Ps. 150). Amen.