Worship is an act of war. It is an offensive weapon and a defensive shield. It is our shout from the battlements that taunts our enemy as well as the cheer that arises in the midst of our battles. It is not about entertainment or warm fuzzies. True worship will always ellicit a response from our King, from our brothers and sisters, and from our foes.
So why do we think it should always feel good? Why do we consider it an option to whether I worship or not? This is akin to standing on the battle field, letting our weapon hang by our side and hoping that no one will shoot at us. We further hope that by not fighting, not picking a side in the melee, that we will somehow feel better and more equipped to fight another day. For those who have never been to war and need some clarification, taking this stance only assures that you will not survive to SEE another day.
Understand that I hear you. “I am wounded. I am hurt. I am tired. I can’t do it anymore.” All cries familiar to the war. “I can’t see. I have no more ammunition. I am scared. I am dying.” All have been heard many times, along with the unarticulated, guttural screams of fear and pain. But that is where deeper consideration of the heart of the enemy comes into play. Because you are wounded, will he cease shooting at you? Because you are hurt, will the demons give you a break. Because you are tired, will your flesh give you strength to rise again? No, no, no!!!!
In a battle, there are no breaks. When the bullets fly, you cannot rest. When you are wounded, beat up, tired, discouraged, there are no other options than to keep on fighting.
And all the while, you will hear Satan, the accuser, shouting in your head, “You CAN’T win!” But, my brothers, my sisters, he is wrong. Fight and you will see the truth that, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)” And I don’t mean, John didn’t mean, a little greater. The God who has taken up residence inside of me, inside of you, is greater by far than anything, anything that can come against you.
So pick up your sword soldier. Lift up your shield of faith. Believe in the one who lives inside of you and fight. Fight for your church, your friends and neighbors. Fight for your family! Fight for your God.
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Wow, Matthew! I think what you are writing just gets better and better. Such an encouragement to me today. Next week is Fair and the week after VBS. I have been so discouraged lately because I hurt my back–How to get out there? How to do all that needs done? You are so right! It is a battle and I hear the enemy screaming at me right now. What a reminder of how powerful our praise and worship is. A great friend just emailed today encouraging me ‘to stay the course’.
How thankful I am for the reminders sent my way today when I thought I just HAD to give up. We are in a battle where victory IS assured. I’m gonna go sing a little to my KING!