Many years ago, I received a prophetic word that I was to ask the Lord to anoint my hands before playing the piano in services to welcome the presence of the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. We learn in Psalm 22:3 that “the Lord inhabits the praises of His people.”
Have I seen such results? I am confident that He honors His word, for we are told in Psalm 16:11 “in His presence is fullness of joy.” As we engage our hearts and minds in praise and worship – both singing and listening – He often ministers peace, comfort, understanding, healing, and His love.
While on an extended mission trip to South Africa, I was invited to minister in a large church in the Cape area. I was told I would have 20 minutes, but when the service started I learned it had been reduced to five minutes – DURING the OFFERING!!
“Lord, You didn’t bring me all the way to South Africa to entertain the troops while they pass the bucket. Please take total control of these five minutes.”
As I stepped onto the platform, He whispered into my heart, “Don’t wrestle; just nestle,” – a quote I’d heard a few days earlier. I knew the word was not just for me and I shared it with the congregation as I began to play and sing – all the time with one eye on my wrist watch to honor the time limit.
The following day I received word from the pastor there was a woman in the service who had received extensive ministry and counseling for several years without receiving a breakthrough. In those brief minutes, God had sovereignly delivered and healed her! Praise the Lord for His gifts of love. Let’s just praise Him!