Apart from the vast evidence of healings that have taken place during praise and worship services in both evangelistic healing crusades and local churches meetings, there is also scriptural evidence that praise and worship is the environment for healing. King Saul was distressed by an evil spirit and called for a musician to play so that he could be delivered from his oppression (1 Samuel 16:16, 23). David the young worshiper was called upon and played his harp in Saul’s presence. It would be ridiculous for us to believe that the greatest worshiper in the Old Testament played secular music for Saul. David played what he played every day in the sheep fields, which was praise to his God. It was David’s praise that invoked God’s presence and delivered King Saul from the troubling spirit. The spirit departed from him and he was refreshed and felt well. Worship is an environment for deliverance and healing.
He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:20.
God’s Word is health to all our flesh. This means that when these words become a part of us (before our eyes and in our heart) they are health to our bodies.
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22.
Our entire body responds healthily to God’s Word. We should use God’s Word that deals with healing as the basis of our praise when we trust him for healing. When we do this we put into operation a powerful chain of events.
Sickness at its ultimate is death. A ruler had just lost his daughter but when he approached Jesus, he worshiped Him Matthew 9:18-19 and 23-26. It’s an amazing example of faith that this man could offer worship in the midst of circumstances of death. He was so sure of Jesus’ ability to raise his dead daughter that he could worship. The life of Jesus was greater in his sight than the death of his daughter. He worshiped the One who was Life, and then asked Jesus to come and impart life again to his little girl. Jesus followed him home, took the girl’s hand and she arose from the dead. There is something powerful about a man who is known as a worshiper and certainly to this little girl, the most important thing her father ever did was to find Jesus, worship Him and bring Him home so she could receive healing. Throughout her entire life, her testimony would have referred to her Father was a worshiper, who brought home Jesus who raised her from the dead.
Our attitude and general demeanour has a profound effect on our health, and specifically a merry heart.
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22.
The word ‘merry’ in Hebrew is ‘SAMEACH’, meaning glad, joyful, merry, rejoice, cheer up, and ‘medicine’ means to cure; remove as a bandage from a wound. A heart that is rejoicing in God will help keep us in a good state of health.
The New Testament physician Luke tells us that as Jesus taught the power of God was present to heal.
Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Luke 5:17.
Again we understand that God’s presence is the environment for healing and that there is no greater catalyst for His presence to manifest than worship. It is enough for us to understand and expect that in the very act of worship there is the potential for us to be healed. We are also commanded to be joyful, and failure to do so opens up the inroads of every kind of disease Deuteronomy 28:47-48 & 60-61. Negativity, worry and anxiety not only affect us emotionally and mentally, but over time will also affect our health. In Psalm 51 David is repenting before God and asking God to help him be joyful. He knows the combination of repentance and joy will positively affect his health. Nehemiah told the people to be joyful as a source of strength Nehemiah 8:10. Whenever you feel symptoms of sickness in your body, take supernatural strength and healing with joyful sounds of praise.