Day 11: Worship is Your Weapon

Worship is Your Weapon

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him–my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
Exodus 15:2, NLT

I have stumbled upon a simple practice that makes a big difference in my attitude and how I view life.  I want to share it with you now.

After I get the 4 children who go to public school this year out the door, I clean my kitchen.  You were probably expecting something else, weren’t you?  Well, the clean kitchen isn’t the part that has changed my outlook—although it doesn’t hurt.

I listen to my playlist of my favorite worship songs.  I turn the volume up all the way and sing along.  (Okay, my singing is really closer to “making a joyful noise” but acoustic harmony is not the point.)  There are both hymns and contemporary songs on my playlist.  I even have a few Christian rap songs I love.  My only qualification is that the song helps me express my heart to God and listen for what He’s speaking to me through the music.

The worship is the main thing.  Cleaning the kitchen is just something to keep my hands busy so my head and heart can focus on God.  It doesn’t have to cleaning the kitchen.  I also use driving time for the same purpose.

If I go several days in a row and miss my “joyful noise” time, I notice myself getting increasingly negative and down.  I think, “Oh boy, I really need to clean my kitchen!”

Worship is my weapon against despair, anxiety, lies, selfishness, negativity, cold-heartedness, and more.  Worship helps me to be more aware of God’s presence with me in the midst of my daily life.

When I am feeling depressed or anxious, worship is pretty much one of the LAST things I feel like doing.  But when I make myself worship anyway, it is one the most effective means of overcoming a spirit of despair soothing my fears with peace.  And once I overcome the inertia and get started, I do want to worship.

I used to wonder why God is always telling us to praise Him throughout Scripture.  Truthfully, it sounded a little egotistical to me.  But then I realized our worship is not for His benefit, but ours.  He knows the truth, but we need to be reminded.  God does not need us to stroke His ego, but we definitely need to focus on His goodness and greatness rather than our problems and fears.  When we worship, we remind ourselves of the awesomeness of the One who lives inside of us,  is on our side and who fights for us.

Remember on Day 5 when we talked about the armor of God?  I mentioned that the Bible and prayer are two of our offensive weapons.  Worship is the third.

When we worship our God, our enemies of fear, doubt, and discouragement flee.  Praise is like taking a sword to all the negative thoughts that harass and pull at us and telling them to get lost because our God is great and He fights for us.

[tweetthis]Worship tells negative thoughts that harass us to get lost because our God fights for us.[/tweetthis]

Bless the Lord

Did you know that worship was a military strategy in ancient Israel?  I’m sure you have heard of the story of Jericho—the first city the Israelites had to overcome to claim their Land of Promise.  Joshua, who was their new leader at the time, came to be an accomplished military commander.  But their first battle was not fought with military strategy or physical weapons.  The walls of Jericho fell at the sound of trumpeting priests and shouting worshipers.

[tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#write31days”]What walls can worship take down in your heart, in your life, and in your community?[/tweetthis]

I think it’s significant that their battle was first won through worship before it was accomplished through fighting.  I think God wanted them to know where the real power was and not to trust their own strength.

Exodus 15:2 says, “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”  Music and strength go together.  That is why I’m including a song for you to listen to with every post this month.  These are some of my most favorite ones–real gems of praise and truth-telling.  I have a hard time each day just limiting it to one.  Somedays I sneak in two.  If you’ve missed listening to those, go back and find them at the bottom of every post.  You’ll be glad you did!

[tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#write31days”]The battle is first won through worship before it is accomplished through fighting.[/tweetthis]

What is your favorite way to worship God?

Today’s song is “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman.  We have 10,000+ reasons to worship our God.  Let’s start now.

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Blessings, Elizabeth

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  • You single handedly covered this topic so beautifully in one post that I am spending 31 days diving into. Little did I know, that God would bring me through the battles so I could learn to walk in praise. He has given you a depth of wisdom and insight to his word and a relatable tone in your writing. I am going to share a link to your post on my blog for “Friend Friday” and credit it back to you. I am blessed by the few posts I’ve read of yours. God bless you Elizabeth!

  • Praise & worship crumbles the walls around us and reminds us of God’s goodness even in the hardest of times. Listening to such music makes my heart lighter despite life struggles. Thanks for great post.

  • I love 10,000 Reasons! My favorite worship song is “No Longer Slaves” right now! I have a friend that uses the phrase “Worship Wins The War” and this has helped me remember to worship on the other 6 days of the week! Great post!

  • right on target! Thanks

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