Raise a Hallelujah – Our weapon is a melody

If you did not know this by now, I am a music lover. Music connects with us in ways we cannot fully express in words hence we dance, it revives our souls and heals us of sicknesses we did not know existed within us hence we cry. I started being part of the worship band at church when I was 12 years old because it pulled me in at an early stage in my life and has become my release on in life, it has been my release instrument for years. I have also fought many battles through worship. A Harvard study found that listening to music can speed up or fast track healing see the article below:https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/how-music-can-help-you-heal.

So just like that sharing a playlist quickly became a form of a love language to me because if you enjoy the music that I enjoy, it meant you get me. My brothers still call me when they hear songs I used to play in the house when we were growing up. When I moved out of home I stayed with Lu and she still says she loves Dido because that was the phase I was in at the time. For Mikateko it would definitely be when I had my Jesus culture revelation lol I played it everyday. So if you want to know if I have loved on you or not? check if there is a song we have shared. Today I am sharing my playlists with you because you are now a very important part of my life. I could write about each one of the artists and how God has used them in my life but I will focus on lyrics for this post.

I would like to apologise in advance about the fact that the links are for Apple music but I will also share the name of the songs and artist as we talk about them. When I am sad there is a song to play and when I am happy there is a song for that too. I am a convinced if the situation exists, there is a song for it. So let’s get into it. The first playlist is called:”Made In America” lol and this is because most of the artist in it are African American! https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/made-in-america/pl.u-6mo4lAWfmRvlkW My absolute favorite in this list is “For your glory” by Tasha Cobbs, it doesn’t get old because it is a sincere prayer of a worshipper seeking the heart of God not what He can give. The song is a declaration of the length and breadth of how far she will go for His glory and I don’t know about you but I can’t imagine anything more beautiful.

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/best-of-joyous/pl.u-ZmblVPpi5l6RP1 The second playlist is called: “The best of Joyous” and this is for when I want a nice sing-along to the golden oldies. My current favorite in this playlist is “Akasoze” it is a song of reassurance that our God will perfect the work started in our lives despite all the challenges we face. In this playlist I also have an old song “O Mohau” by William Sejake it reminds me of my mother’s lounge because the beauty about gospel is that it  will never get old.

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/malome-benjamin-playlist/pl.u-LdbqE75IqaBjmN  .Another playlist that has testimonies is of: “Malome Benjamin Dube” yes that’s what I called it because he has been a part of my worship journey since forever. 10 years ago he released worship in his presence and there is a song in that album that got me through a heartbreak: the name of the song is “I’ll rise again”, I used to come back from work when I lived with Lu and play it until I fell asleep. I believed I would rise again because He rose  and I held on to those lyrics until God healed me.

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/white-worship/pl.u-leyl0k8SYdKgZW .The last playlist I am going to mention is called: “White Worship” lol don’t judge, I couldn’t think of a better description and if there were stages to my worship this is the playlist I play when I want to write on a journal about my love for Him and just cry. This playlist features songs like “Love has a name” by Jesus Culture, “Reckless love” by Cory Asbury, “Hosanna” by Hillsong and “Raise a Hallelujah” by Bethel. And I chose to name this post after this song because it speaks to the essence of what I believe worship is; “our weapon is a melody” and heaven comes to fight for us when we worship because it takes a lot to worship when you are exhausted and hopeless. In my relationship with Christ worship has played a crucial role and I wanted to urge those who feel defeated and have ran out of prayer, to remember worship is a weapon you can use to wage war on the enemy while you revive your faith at the same time. I challenge you to raise a Hallelujah.

Last but not least in this playlist I have a few songs by Upperroom. I am not sure which song to talk about because I love them all, for the purpose of this post I think “Defender”  because it captures the message of this playlist and it is my victory song every time I hear it I am “AWEstruck”,

She starts by saying:

“You go before I even know you have even gone to win my war,

And you come back with the head of my enemy,

You come back and You call it my victory  😕 …”and she goes on to say

” All I did was praise,

all I did was worship

and all I did was bow down”

Then when you get to the bridge there is this melody that makes me feel like I’m marching on a cloud yhu !

it is too beautiful. She then sings this part:

“When I thought I lost me,

You knew where I left me,

You reintroduced me to Your love

And You picked up all my pieces,

Put me back together,

You are the defender of my heart”

Then I just weep ke for that is my entire salvation story, He picked up all my pieces and put me back together.

And the grand finally would be my girl: Kristen Dimarco , I did not include her in this playlist because she is a completely different mood, I play her when I need to do introspection and go deeper than then usual. One of her songs: “Mercy” has a line that says “You give me sacrifices to ease your mind but it your heart that I want” so unlike the other songs where we just sing to Him, through her ministry God responds. I deliberately left out scriptures because the post is long but for all the Bereans out there, you can read 1 chronicles 20:21 when Jehoshaphat ordered the troops to praise and worship. Last one is Acts 16:25 when Paul and Silas caused an earthquake through worship. Whatever prison you may feel trapped in just rember you can prauise your way out of it. The book of 1Kings speaks of a cloud that filled the room when Solomon dedicated the the temple of the Lord, I strongly believe if we fill the atmosphere with praise and worship it will overwhelm us so much thta there would be no room for anything else.

With Love

Ms Dzo

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Tumi Tjale

Amen !