Written by Jonathan David Helser, his wife Melissa, and Molly Skaggs, “Raise A Hallelujah” was birthed out of a cry for a miracle. Jonathan received a text from a close friend asking him to pray for his young son Jaxon, who was fighting for his life. Jaxon’s kidney was infected by E. coli, forcing him to have blood transfusions and go on dialysis. Desperate for a miracle, Jaxon’s parents reached out to their global church community for prayer. “It wasn’t a songwriting session. It was fighting for our friend’s son’s life,” says Jonathan of writing the powerful worship anthem. He continues: “I thought, ‘Jaxon’s going to die tonight. We’re not going to see a miracle.’ The melody, ‘I’ll Raise a Hallelujah’ erupted out of my heart.”
Following countless prayers from friends all over the world and extensive medical treatment, Jaxon’s body miraculously recovered. This song, recorded by Bethel Music, was written as a declaration over Jaxon’s life.
“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)
Written By: Pastor Val
Worship and praise are some of the most powerful tools God has given us. They are weapons. If there is anything that drives the enemy crazy, it is a worshipper. It’s someone who worships in the midst of loss, pain, uncertainty, and grief. This is why it is so important to never underestimate the power of praise and worship. When we worship, we are acting on faith. The message we are sending God is that we trust Him, even when things don’t make sense.
God honors a dependent spirit that leans on Him. When we say, “I can do this on my own,” we enter a dangerous place. All of us need God more than we think we do. Everyone will experience seasons of loss, pain, and tragedy in life. Maybe you’ve even experienced tragedy to the point where you were tempted to leave the church, isolate yourself, stop worshipping, or even give up on God. We’ve all had the urge to quit at some point! The real challenge is worshipping in the midst of the battle, worshipping when all hell breaks loose in our lives.
In their song, “Raise A Hallelujah,” Bethel Music sings: “I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies. I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief.” When our hearts are filled with unbelief, we turn to the God of miracles, and we give Him the worship He deserves. John 4:23 reminds us, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” Friends, Jesus is looking for worshippers!
Luke 19:40 also reminds us, “…If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” That means if we don’t worship, the rocks will cry out! No matter what, the Lord will receive praise!
There is no guarantee God will heal on this side of heaven when we pray, but we worship and praise in the middle of our battle, because we know He is our Healer. Our job is to praise Him; the results are up to God.
In the Bible, one of the Hebrew words for praise is towdah, which simply means to extend your hands and give thanks. It is a praise of faith. Towdah is a way to acknowledge that we know who goes before us in our battles. Another Hebrew word for praise is barak, which means to kneel or bow before a king.
Whether we lift our hands in gratitude or fall on our knees before our King, God gets the glory. May we never forget who goes before us in every battle – it’s God.
Raise a hallelujah to the King of Kings today!
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