Worship as a weapon
“To be a worshiper is to be a warrior” - Holley Gerth
You may recall a previous blog post entitled, “Battle Ready.” This post was all about our spiritual suit of armor. Ephesians 6:10-18 says we put on this armor to effectively take our stand against the devil’s schemes. I want to talk today about what comes next.
As Christ followers, we can be confident that if we remain faithful to the Lord, we WILL be victorious. (Proverbs 21:31) However, as long as we are on this earth, we need to stand firm against the enemy, who is relentlessly trying to trip us up, deceive us and flat out steal us away from God!
Once we have put on the “full armor of God," we stand fully protected and now can proceed in offense. The best place to start: WORSHIP! Worship draws us into the presence of God. Worship can also be a weapon that stops the enemy in his tracks and backs him down! When we feel like we are under attack, that is the perfect time to worship louder, stronger and bolder! There are many ways to worship, but today I would like to speak about worshiping with song.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a song. In one way or another, we all listen to or participate in some form of music. Thankfully, the Bible does not leave this part of our human desire unguided. All throughout the Bible, songs of praise and hymns of worship were used literally in physical battles as well as in the personal battle of the human heart and mind. We have been instructed to both “sing to the Lord” and to each other. Take a look at just a few scriptures for reference…
Ephesians 5:18-19 - “...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”
Psalm 149:6 - “Let the high praise of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”
Psalm 100:1, 2 - “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
Jeremiah 20:13 - “Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy…”
1 Chronicles 16:23 - “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.”
2 Chronicles 20 - Amazing story of how song was used in battle
Acts 16:25 - “Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.” (From their prison cell)
Additional scriptures: Rev 14:7, 2 Kings 17:38-39, Heb 12:28-29, Daniel 2:20
When we go to church (or view it online as life has us doing now), there is a dedicated time of praising and worshiping the Lord with music/songs. This is such a wonderful opportunity to sing out to the Lord and strengthen your spiritual muscles. I understand that some people don’t like to sing out because they think they do not have a voice made for public singing. I would challenge you to consider this: There are countries in the world today where meeting together is forbidden. Even now, with this Covid virus closing our houses of worship, we are unable to meet together. So when we all come back together, can you adjust your perspective and view this time together as a privilege and gift given to you personally? Can you put your fear of what others think to the side and just worship God with the voice He has given you together with others that love the Lord? I believe that regardless of your ability, your voice makes your Heavenly Father happy!
I wanted to share a couple of other suggestions on how to incorporate songs of praise into your day that work for me…
Set your alarm to your favorite worship song. It’s the perfect way to wake up! I have been doing this for years. I have listed instructions for how to do this from an iPhone below.
Take the KLove 30-day challenge. I did this years ago and have never looked back. All I listen to when I am in my car is Christian music. I toggle between KLove and a local NC station (The Light FM), but there are many Christian stations with varying genres on XM radio and other outlets. I drive calmer and it is just a beautiful way to infuse worship throughout my day.
Clean and Sing. That’s right, praise Him while you clean. It minimizes the drudgery and monotony of laundry, mopping and dishes, etc and even makes the time pass SO much quicker. Simply shut off the TV or put down your phone, turn on and turn up the Christian music and sing away as you clean. Clean, sing and even dance your way around the chores. The Lord delights in being a part of every part of your day!
Background noise. When I used to work a 9-5 day job, I had an office with a door on it. This gave me the ability to play music as I worked. I would put it on softly in the background. If your situation at your job allows this, I would highly recommend it.
The great outdoors. I love to go outside, sit on my deck, and as I relax with a cup of tea, a snack or my sketchpad in hand, I just play my music and sing to the Lord. Watching the trees sway in the wind and feeling the sun warming my skin, I feel deeply rooted and thoroughly connected to the Lord. What a blessed break in the day. Even stepping out for 10 minutes is the most uplifting break in a busy day.
Something truly beautiful happens inside when you worship with music and song. Somehow, your soul just begins to feel lighter… brighter. God shows up and blesses you from the inside out. We are blessed to have access to such a variety of music and talented artists. In fact, I have decided to create a section on this blog called “The Music Box.” I will include uplifting and encouraging praise and worship songs and videos. This will be live on this sight this week, so stay tuned!
I encourage you to explore new ways to incorporate praise and worship songs into your daily life. You will be amazed at the quality of your thoughts and attitude with this simple addition. Be bold, dare to sing out loud and bring a smile to your Heavenly Father today.
Click on these links for a perfect way to start (or continue) your praise and worship journey!
Song by Hillsong: So Will I https://youtu.be/GfVd5x9W1Xc
Song by Upper Room: Surrounded (fight my battles) https://youtu.be/nWmjpF613y4
Directions for adding a song to your iPhone alarm
Click into your “clock” icon. Click on the Alarm button at the bottom of your page. Set the alarm to the time you would like to wake up. Then hit the + symbol at the top right, hit sound, pick a song, and add a song from your iTunes library. Enjoy!
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