If you have been a believer in Jesus for even a little while, you have probably heard we have an enemy. All of mankind is susceptible to his attack, though Christians are his favorite and most damaging targets. But God offers us armor to fight in these attacks. This armor, as described in Ephesians 6, covers us from head to toe. Most of the armor is defensive, with the exception of the “sword” which is His word and prayer. I would like to offer up another offensive weapon to add to your arsenal you may not have considered. It does major collateral damage and is something you can do when you find yourself struggling to engage the other weapons: worship God.
I find it fascinating and a bit frightening that Satan was, before his fall, the head worship leader of Heaven. He was created very specifically to lead the hosts of Heaven in worshipping God. Literally, he had built in instruments by which to accomplish his calling. He was, as God put it in Ezekiel 28, “The seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” Whoa, what an incredible description from God himself! Because he was created so marvelously, he started to think he was pretty great and decided he deserved to be worshipped as well. His pride caused him to say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” For which God threw him out of Heaven.
To this day, Satan’s greatest desire is to be worshipped as God. He wants nothing more than to be exalted above God and seen as more powerful and glorious. So if this is true, it stands to reason that worship of God is his kryptonite. We see examples of this very thing in the Old Testament on a few occasions, but my favorite is in 2 Chronicles 20. King Jehoshaphat was in the battle of a lifetime and he knew his army was no match for the invaders. He proclaimed a time of prayer and fasting throughout Judah and sought the Lord’s counsel. After this time, he consulted with the people and it was decided that singers should lead the troops into battle. "Praise the Lord for the beauty of His holiness," Jehoshaphat instructed the worshippers. "Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy endures forever."
Just as they began to sing out in praise and worship, God "set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” They ended up turning on each other and killing their own men! They were so disturbed and confused that they destroyed themselves without Judah even taking aim with their arrows. That is power!
I believe we wield this same power when we vocalize how great, amazing and all powerful our God is. I know in my personal life, when I am struggling to connect with the Lord my prayers feel empty and reading His Word feels mundane.That is a signal that the enemy is attacking. This is when I reach for my phone, turn on Spotify and start my favorite worship playlist. Purposefully, I get on my knees and lift my hands as I worship by proclaiming lyrics of honor and glory to the Lord. It breaks through the muck every time. Then my prayers again rise up with power and authority. I begin finding revelation in His word which brings fresh life to my weary soul.
When we lift His name above all circumstances and glorify Him above every challenge, the enemy has no choice but to retreat! He literally can’t stand to be in the presence of sincere worship to our God. Are you feeling heavy and hopeless under the weight of warfare? You just might need to take a moment to worship.
More About Teresa Lickliter
Teresa and her husband, Jason, live in the DFW area, and have four kids. Teresa is a wife, mom, and is the head teacher at Warrior Academy (where she home schools her four children). She has a heart for worshipping the Lord and is on the worship team at her local church. Teresa is a woman of many talents. Once you think you have her "pegged" she surprises you with a new skill set or story. Teresa humbly and gracefully follows the Lords call. She is raw, authentic, passionate, and can plan the the best parties. You can follow her blogging journey here.