Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12
In the past 2 months, for those of us that have joined Bethany Hour online (every second Monday of each month), we have dedicated the hour to "Warring Worship" and with bible readings from 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. To wrap up the year 2017, this edition of FootLamp is to share some of our learning and to encourage one another to take our worship to another level - warring worship.
As the different situations (farmine, wars, terrorism, outbreak of diseases etc) in the world today take another turn for the worst, there is an urgent need for worshipers that know how to war God's way.
The story of King Jehoshaphat's war unlocks some spiritual keys that every worshiper must not only grab hold of, but learn to use effectively. The following are some truth about warring worship:
Worship amplifies God's voice - The plan of the enemy is to keep us down, overwhelmed with problems and life challenges; the plan is to ensure we have our body, mind and spirit focussed on earthly things. All around us there are forces (personal and corporate) drowning the voice of God to make us ineffective and powerless believers. Worship amplifies God's voice in our spirit; and when we hear God, we will know how to war God's way. This is what happened to King Jehoshaphat and the people of God, we have the same access today as we call upon the unchanging God.
Worship galvanises our faith - After Jehoshaphat had called a fast for all of Judah, he stood at the front of the temple before all the people and spoke to God. Reminding God of His word, he ended his prayer by saying, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” And after God had spoken, Jehoshaphat said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful" (2 Chronicles 20:20). Faith was awakened in every man, woman and child present; and in the face of terror they were all able to match, stand, wait and listen. Faith rises up in the place of worship and obedience to the most weird instruction from God is made possible.
Worship anchors our victory - We are an army of worshipers, equipping God's Kingdom in these last days. A whole new relationship with God forms when we are kept in trouble, preserved in trial and refined in times of testing. Our victory is settled in God's presence and so we must stay at His feet as long as the Lord desires, until we hear His voice. Our obedience to God's instruction will lead us into victory. When the people of God began to collect the plunder, the bible recall that they had more than they could take away. The news of this victory spread widely that the surrounding nations feared the Lord God of Israel. Worship authenticates our reputation as God's people.
We are made warriors when our worship becomes God-centred and God-reliant, we enter into a new spiritual reality and boldly declare that "Our God is Enough".