Psalm 71:8 NIV “My mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendor all day long.”
Worship is incredibly important for my wellbeing. It keeps my faith buoyant and even lifts me in times of struggle. It sustains and even amplifies my joy in times of ease.
Joyful worship looks like singing my heart out at the top of my lungs, dancing and laughing around my living room.
Overwhelmed worship is me curled up on my bed and soaking in His presence with quiet praise. Strategic worship music ministers to my soul and reminds me Who’s I am.
Stressed worship means singing ardently, but this time it’s warfare, declaring that my God is bigger than my circumstances.
No matter what I “feel” my response is lavishing my Lord with praise. And, in the end I ALWAYS end up with His peace that surpasses understanding.
See, worshiping our God is just as vital in our day-to-day walk as it is on the battleground with the enemy of our souls.
Worship is so much more than standing in the local church sanctuary Sunday morning singing songs about God with everyone else.
Therefore, here are four reasons why worship is our greatest secret weapon:
When The enemy Attacks Our Personhood, Worship Reminds Us Who God Is & Who We Are
The devil’s first attack at the beginning of humanity was threefold; who God was to Eve, His Words to her, and her identity. See Genesis 3:1-5. Eve fell for the serpent’s lie.
Then the devil attacked Jesus’s personhood in the wilderness in His identity, God’s provision for Him, God’s protection of Him, and God’s purpose for Him. See Matthew 4:3-11.
Even though Jesus was physically exhausted from food deprivation, He responded to each attack with the Word of God. His final response sent the devil into retreat:
“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you’, he said, ‘if You will bow down and worship me.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.” Matthew 4:8-11 NIV.
We Worship God By Knowing His Character In His Word
The book of Psalms is a great place to start if you want to learn who God is and what He’s like.
You’ll gain great understanding of God’s character if you take interest in any verse that speaks of:
• Who God is,
• What He does,
• How He feels about us as His children,
• How He feels about unbelievers and wicked people.
Getting to know our Lord is worshipping Him, and setting you up for protection against the enemy’s lies.
His Word Also Tells Us About Who We Are
Jesus knew His Father’s Word. Luke 2:41-49 tells of our Lord listening and teaching in the Temple at the age of 12.
Jesus rested in His Father’s Words. He took refuge in His Words, He submitted to God’s Words. Christ used scripture to describe Himself in Luke 4:16-21.
We worship the Lord when we agree with Him on what He says about us!
When The enemy Attacks Our Circumstances, Worship Reminds Us What Is True
We all know the story of how Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 men (and all their wives and children!) with just five loaves of bread and two fish.
In this passage the Lord is showing us two amazing things: Worship and Faith in Action.
Matthew 14:16-20 NIV, “Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ ‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered. ‘Bring them here to Me,’ He said.
And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves.
Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
The enemy set the disciples up to fail. Upwards of 15,000 people in a deserted place, hot, tired, and hungry. The disciples; hot, tired, and hungry.
Then there was Jesus, who knew full well the circumstance, but also knew the Truth of His Father’s provisional prowess.
He worshipped His Father with thanks, and took action in faith that God would provide.
When We Know What Is True We Worship By Taking Action in Faith
I have a divine appointment coming up this weekend halfway across our country. ~Update at bottom of paragraph!~
The Lord has shared several truths with me about this meeting, but I don’t yet have the money the Lord has promised me for the plane ticket.
However, taking action in faith, I told the ministry I serve with that I couldn’t serve this Sunday because I would be out of town. I registered for the event, and booked a BnB in that city.
As of this moment I have no plane ticket, and I’m supposed to leave Saturday.
Cue one of my favorite phrases in the Bible…But the Lord. He said He’ll provide and to trust Him.
My actions in setting up everything but the flight are doing that. If I sat in my house and worried over the money that still hasn’t come yet I would be showing God that I don’t believe Him.
Various people around me are skeptical that the Lord will provide and think that I should have done something to try to get some other money or just use my credit card.
However, when they see that the Lord provided plane ticket money right when I needed it that will be a massive testimony, just like Jesus did with His disciples and all those hungry people!
~UPDATE!! God provided miraculously for that trip, over and above what I was expecting! He took me WAY outside my comfort zone, asked me to trust Him, and gave me an experience I’ll never forget!
Listen to my podcast interview with Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God about this miraculous trip here!~
When The enemy Attacks Our Future, Worship Aligns Us With God’s Plans
The devil knew that Joseph was meant for great things for the Lord, because Joseph wasn’t quiet about all the magnificent dreams the Lord gave him.
So, the enemy stirred jealousy and hatred in the hearts of Joseph’s brothers until they decided to kill him.
However, in Genesis 37 we see Joseph’s brother Reuben have compassion and convince his other brothers to not kill Joseph, but just throw him in a cistern.
We also see that while Joseph was down there God brought a caravan of merchants by right at that same time, and Judah had the idea to sell Joseph as a slave instead of kill him. God saved Joseph.
When we jump to Genesis 39 we see that God was with Joseph and made him prosper in Potiphar’s household. Then when Joseph ended up in prison he again had favor and prospered.
Then in verses 51-52 Joseph praises God in the names he gives his sons.
Finally, in Genesis 45:4-8 we observe Joseph’s full understanding of God’s plan.
His steadfast joy, forgiveness of his brothers, and acceptance of God’s will are worship! Joseph never lost sight of God and gave Him glory.
The Lord shows us with Joseph that He never leaves us. He never forsakes us. He can use every evil plan of the enemy and turn it around for our good!
Worship By Trusting God’s Plan, Because It Will Be Good Wherever It Leads
As we feel alone in the dark cistern of life we are NOT alone.
In the dismal prison of uncertainty, when we think it can’t get any worse, we are NOT forsaken.
When we face dire calamities in our lives, “we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
We are assured that God has a plan, even if we don’t know it or understand.
His plans are good and are beneficial for us. He is trustworthy because He’s forever faithful.
When The enemy Attacks Our Relationships, Worship Keeps Us In God’s Presence
Peter had Foot-in-Mouth Syndrome with many of his relationships, but he was bold in his faith in his relationship with Jesus.
This was evidenced in his audacious request for Jesus to call him out onto the raging waters in a major storm.
“Lord, if it’s You,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to You on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Matthew 14:28-29 NIV.
Peter’s relationship with Jesus was one of deep abiding love and trust. He would not have had the faith to step out of the boat unless he trusted Jesus.
While He kept his eyes on Jesus he walked on top of the water and everyone marveled.
It was only when he took his eyes from Jesus to the circumstances around him that Peter began to sink.
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” Matthew 14:30 NIV.
Peter, like all of us, fell short. He took his eyes off the One who truly had him safe in the middle of the chaos, and focused on the chaos itself.
In that moment he thought his circumstances were too great for his relationship to handle, and he felt himself sinking.
We Worship Jesus Because Of His Mercy On Us
Just like us in Romans 3:23 when we sin and fall short of the glory of God, Jesus didn’t chastise Peter, stand there smoldering over Peter’s lack of faith, and watch him drown. Christ instantly reacted with love and mercy.
“Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said, ‘why did you doubt?’ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.” Matthew 14:31-32 NIV.
I can imagine Jesus having fun with Peter, giving him a memory he’ll never forget.
When Peter lost sight of his faith in Jesus and was pulled from the water I can hear the chuckle in Jesus’s voice when He asked Peter gently why he doubted.
Peter was reassured of who Jesus is in the very next moment when the winds, waves, and storm were instantaneously quieted.
They say hindsight is 20/20. Peter got a front row view of the hindsight of his situation in comparison to his relationship with his Lord.
The water wasn’t too deep for Jesus, nor was the wind too wild. The situation was completely within Jesus’s control. Why?
The final piece of this scripture gives the answer. “Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’” Matthew 14:33 NIV.
When We Worship We Walk With Jesus Above Our Circumstances
Trusting the Lord when we don’t understand, don’t see the shoreline, and are still being knocked over by waves is not the easiest thing to do. However, it is the absolute most beneficial.
Jesus stood in our stead when He bore our sins on the cross. He takes the wind, He takes the waves, He takes the storms of our lives so we can bathe in the promise of His rest according to Matthew 11:28-30 NIV,
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus gives us rest as a gift when we trust in our relationship with Him. His presence in our storms guarantees a safe outcome.
So will you choose to hug the shoreline alone in a dingy, or run on water with our Lord!?
Choose this day to worship our Lord with your faith in your relationship with Him. Choose to allow Jesus to lead you in a dance on the raging waters of life!
Keep Roaring with the King!