Worship as Warfare

Did you know that there is a connection between worship and warfare? Our battle is not against flesh and blood; and since our battle is spiritual, our weapons are spiritual. In the same way, there is hidden power in thanksgiving, praise, and worship that we can sometimes neglect to see.

All of us have moments when we feel discouraged by life’s circumstances. Our loved ones may try to lighten our load or lift our spirits, but unfortunately, their efforts can fall short. We wonder if we will ever emerge from today’s trying situation with our joy intact.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 

Psalm 42:11

It’s good to know that our Father invites us to confide in him, to share our feelings honestly in prayer. He cares for us and understands our needs and weaknesses. We can draw near to God through worship, or reflecting on his goodness and truth. Of course, there are times when this may seem too difficult, but as I go deeper in my walk with the Lord, He has taught me that worship and praise is one of the best weapons against anxiety, depression, temptation and the lies of the enemy.

I heard somebody say once that praise is a weapon. After some study and ongoing confirmation and conviction, I truly believe that now even though I never would have thought of it that way before. To me it’s always felt very counterintuitive and contradictory to offer up praise if I’m in the middle of a fight or battle.

Praise is a weapon. Praise confuses the enemy. In the Bible there are various examples of how praise was used in battles to help secure victories. Worship and praise breaks the oppression of the enemy. Praise is a weapon that we should use to help us to win spiritual battles and to further God’s kingdom.

Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:1

When we worship, the invisible God is at work doing invisible and powerful things. We get realigned, refreshed and refueled; we find unspeakable joy and indescribable peace. We discover the breakthrough strength of God, which enables us to walk in the truth, live in His presence and see Him fight our battles for us. It is how we can put the beauty of the Gospel on display, receive His many blessings and at the same time be a blessing to the world.

My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Psalm 71:8

Worship is a declaration of our weakness and God’s strength. I challenge you in your next point of need to make that hard choice to be a worshiper and let the breakthrough God fight your battle for you.

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