Learning to Worship in the Dark

2017 RightNow Conference Orlando

It’s easy to worship the Lord when everything is going well—when our families are healthy, finances are secure, and all goes according to plan. But when you find yourself in the midst of suffering, are you able to worship? More than a song, worship is a weapon that helps us overcome the tactics of the enemy. In this 30-minute session from the 2017 RightNow Conference in Orlando, David Uth reminds believers that God inhabits the praises of His people. We were made to sing and ascribe worth to the Lord. David is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Orlando, and the former President of Florida Baptist Convention. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry. 

Learning to sing in the dark is one of the most powerful lessons we could ever learn. 

Reflect upon your life. When was the last time you walked through a season of trial and pain? What was your response? Were you able to worship? Did you run from God? Were you angry? Why or why not?
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David shared a comforting reality: The reason we worship is not because life is good. We worship because God is good. 

We are forgetful people. We forget God’s love, kindness, and faithfulness toward us. Take time to list the ways God has been good to you. Dwell on His character and His attributes. What is on your list?
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Why do you think we are so prone to easily forget God’s character and kindness?
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What are some practical ways for you to keep God's faithfulness at the front of your mind? How could you train yourself to refocus your attention on God, rather than on your circumstances?
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While singing is one way to worship, we can worship through more than just a song. 

Worship ascribes greatness and worth to God. What are some other ways (besides singing) through which you can ascribe greatness and worth to God? How might you worship through your unique personality and gifting?
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2 Chronicles 20:18-30 (ESV)

18Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.19And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”21And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,

“Give thanks to the Lord,

for his steadfast love endures forever.”

22And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.23For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

The Lord Delivers Judah

24When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped.25When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much.26On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day.27Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.28They came to Jerusalem with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the Lord.29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.30So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this account, we see that the choir went before the army, praising God. It was through the worship of the Lord that the battle was won. Still today, worship is a powerful weapon against the enemy who wages war against us. 

Worship is a way we fight the enemy. Do you view worship as a wartime tactic? Why or why not? How would this mindset-shift change your life?
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How might worship serve to strengthen you in the midst of trial?
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God created our individual voices. What do you think is unique about ascribing worth to God in your specific voice? Why are we commanded to sing?
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God inhabits the praises of His people. When we sing, we invite His presence, remind ourselves of His faithfulness, and wield a powerful weapon against the enemy. 

For more information about the RightNow Conference, or to find out how to attend next year’s event, visit rightnowconference.org

For more from David Uth, visit firstorlando.com.