Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Worshipers March into Battle!

Thousands of swords gleamed in the distance.

Zamar glance over her shoulder, and thousands of other swords winked at her. Her heart was racing like the horses that would soon be colliding.

And somehow she was in the middle of it all. King Jehoshaphat had ordered that singers, worshipers, and musicians lead the way into battle. The people were gathered together to do their part. Praise the Lord as they marched into battle.

"Adonai," she breathed out. Their enemy looked ready for battle. Swords drawn. Evil glares on their faces. They were the epitome of intimidating.

A high-ranking soldier walked before the group. "It's time."

Every one picked up their instruments. They started playing. At first the notes sounded stale and fraught with fear. A spirit of worship settled on them. Their voices raised and mixed into a beautiful melody of praise. The music was intense. Tambourines and clashing cymbals. High notes from the string and wind instruments. The beat urged their feet forward. This was the cry of their heart. One fit for battle.

One fit to win.

Based on 2 Chronicles 20:20-22

I sing on the worship team at my church. I have ever since I was eleven years old. I cannot even fathom my pastor announcing one day that we were going to go to war, and that I would be among the ones to lead the congregation into battle.

All of a sudden there would be a puff of smoke and a hole in the door shaped like me!

We can't even picture this scenario today! But that's what they did back then. Why, even before going to the battlefield one of the things Jehoshaphat and the people did was worship God!

The thing is, shouldn't the worship leaders be the ones leading the way into battle? Especially in today's day and age when our battles are more often a spiritual one. We shouldn't be afraid to lead the way into battle.

"Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him lute and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:1-6

If that doesn't describe worshipers going into battle, I don't know what does. In a church service, the worship team leads the way, storming through all the things of the world, and into the presence of God. Worship takes you through the physical and into the things of God.

That's where the battles are won. Use worship! It is one of your greatest weapons!

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20

V. Joy Palmer

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