You’ve trained me with the weapons of warfare-worship; Now I’ll descend down into battle with power, to chase and conquer my foes. You empower me for victory with Your wrap-around presence. Your power within makes me strong to subdue, and by stooping down in gentleness You strengthened me and made me great! Psalm 18:34-35 (The Passion Translation)
I love these two verses! I read them on Monday and the words “warfare-worshp” just stood out to me. A month ago I was at a ladies conference and one of the guest speakers shared that when we worship God we are actually engaging in warfare. As Christians that is how we fight against the enemy. We are all undergoing some type of battle whether it is at work, with your children, your spouse, your friends, our government, or within yourself; battles exist. For me, it is easy to see the battles going on within our country, with the government and the fight to change certain laws, or the double standard that are being exercised when some of us are punished for living out our freedom as Americans. I could go on and on but that is not the point I am trying to make. Like I said it is easy to see those types of full on frontal attacks, but the attacks that sneak in the back door, so to speak, is the warfare that goes on within my personal relationships.
I am not saying that my personal relationships have these heinous battles going on, but what I am saying is that it is these personal relationships where the enemy tries to sneak in and stir up battles. Those types of battles look something like this: When you are having a rough day and it seems like everything is going wrong and then a friend our your spouse makes a harmless comment about something that pertains to you and you blow their comment up in your mind and you then proceed to bite their head off. Or you take up an offense because you think a friend is angry with you since they have not returned your phone call from yesterday, when in reality they have been swamped with responsibilities and they had no intention of not returning your call, they just got sidetracked. So when they do call you decide to be cold in your response and the battle continues. In the bible Paul speaks to these types of battles.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The battle that is going on right now within a friendship of yours or within your marriage or between you and your children are actually not against those people. The enemy is working overtime trying to stir up discord within every area of your life and he will disguise himself to make you think it is that particular person you have a problem with. You and me have got to realize the struggles we have are rooted in a plan the enemy has to try to bring us down and destroy us.
So now that we know the source of the conflicts in our lives, how do we handle them? Well you wouldn’t show up to a battlefield with a water gun expecting to do some damage, would you? No, you want the type of weapon that will keep the enemy down, or make them surrender. In Psalm 18 we are told exactly what weapon we are to use, worship, and at that God even trains us in how to use that weapon. Look back at the Psalm at the top of the page. “You’ve trained me with the weapons of warfare-worship.” Now you may be comparing worship with what you would typically use to defeat a foe (a machine gun) and say, “that sounds ridiculous.” Remember though our battle is not against flesh and blood, it is against the evils in the spiritual realm. How do you fight spiritual battles? With spiritual weapons! 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” God give us the A-bomb of worship to defeat our enemy and He trains us, strengthens us and empowers us in how to use it, so that we can chase down our enemy who is running with their tail between their legs and conquer them! Oh, I get fired up thinking about that!
So your battle may be with your finances and you are always flirting with being in the red, worship God with your finances by tithing to Him and He will help you become victorious in that area! Or your battle could be with depression or anxiety, if you wait until you are happy enough to worship, you won’t get there. The way to get to peace and joy within your mind is to begin in a position of worship. Worship is not just a response to God’s blessings and goodness, it is also the way to God as your refuge in times of trouble. Your battle may be struggling with a lack of self-control. When you feel yourself about to wrestle with this begin to worship Him and let Him be the one who empowers you with restraint. If you and your spouse are constantly fighting then go to God and worship Him and so that He can help you take a step back and see where the enemy is attacking your relationship, so you can begin to allow God to bring healing and restoration to your marriage. This act of worship is about you humbling yourself so that God can strengthen you to fight the enemy, which is not your spouse. Your marriage is worth fighting for, don’t let the enemy destroy the thing God created.
You may also be thinking you don’t like to fight. Well let me ask you, do you like to be defeated? No one likes to be defeated! If you don’t fight you will be defeated. Don’t even let yourself begin to think that the enemy has got you cornered and your hands are tied and he is about to give you the final blow, you have got the most powerful arsenal at your disposal, God! Unleash His power on the enemy and let Him obliterate the enemy! Take some time and read all of Psalm 18 and you will see what I am talking about. God gets ticked off when the enemy messes with His kids and He will not let the enemy have the upper hand. We have got to stop trying to fight the battle by ourselves with our water guns!
Today I encourage you to put on your armor and enter into the battle with your weapons of worship and watch God do some damage! Don’t hold back just worship with everything you got and watch the enemy fall!