I was broken that day. A person I deeply trusted had not only betrayed and bullied me, but involved several other loved ones in ganging up against me. And worst of all, they had done it all with confidence, stamping the name of Jesus over their actions. Ugh. But I was also the most at peace I’d ever been that day. Despite what felt like the entire world standing against me, I faced an uncertain future fearlessly and confidently. I saw heaven more clearly than I ever had, and felt God’s presence filling and overflowing my car and every cell of my body. It was the moment I learned to use worship as a weapon.
Many of us don’t think of worship as a weapon. Instead, we think of it as the music that sets the mood for a church service. We think of it as something to play softly in the background, as long as the song is catchy, right? As parents, we might think of worship as an alternative to play in the car, so our kids aren’t listening to songs glorifying hookups and drugs.
But the fact is that we’re wielding a very dangerous weapon when we worship God, not just setting a peaceful, coffee shop-like atmosphere in our church lobby.
Worship Changes Your Focus
The first reason to use worship as a weapon is that it shifts your focus and mindset. When we fix our eyes on the darkness and struggles of this life, when we invest our energy into talking and worrying about them, they only seem to gain a stronger grip on our hearts. But when we set our attention on worship, we begin to remember who God is in the midst of the darkness.
My mind tells me that people are ganged up against me. Worship tells me that God Himself fights for me, and is greater than the sum of men.
My mind tells me that physical and mental illness will consume and kill me. Worship tells me that God heals and promises to use all things for His glory.
My mind focuses on what I can’t do. But worship reminds me of what God can do.
Worship is the weapon that cuts through the darkest of circumstances to speak to your spirit, and to remind you of God’s truth and power over the appearance of your circumstances.
Worship Changes Your Perspective
The second reason to use worship as a weapon is that it trades your earthly perspective for a heavenly one. While similar to shifting your focus, shifting your perspective calls into question why we’re even here in the first place.
That day in the car, the song that overtook my spirit was “Holy (Wedding Day)” by The City Harmonic. At a time when I felt my own story had taken a hopeless turn for the worst, the lyrics brought everything back into focus:
This is the story of the Son of God hanging on a cross for me, but it ends with a bride and groom and a wedding by a glassy sea.
Oh, death, where is your sting? Cause I’ll be there singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.”
It struck me, realizing how hopeless it must have looked when Jesus was hanging on the cross, and when He died. What appears more final than death? But then the reminder, “But it ends with a bride and groom and a wedding by a glassy sea.”
I knew the ending. Whether I won or lost at that moment in life, I knew how my story ended. And it was glorious.
The next line was a confident and joyous taunt. “Oh, death, where is your sting? Cause I’ll be there singing.”
I sang that line so loudly and defiantly at my circumstances. Because really, what could those circumstances hold over me in light of how my story would end? Suddenly, the pain felt temporary and powerless.
Worship helps you to zoom out from your circumstances to see the world and eternity as God does, and as it truly is.
Worship Changes Your Circumstances
And don’t believe for a minute that my loud and defiant singing was in vain! The third reason to use worship as a weapon is that it transforms our circumstances.
We’re singing and speaking and shouting God’s Word and truth over the lies of the enemy. And Isaiah 40:8 and Matthew 24:35 tell us that the things of this world will wither and fall, that the earth itself will pass away, but that God’s Word endures forever.
“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does” (Psalm 33:4, NIV). It will save us (James 1:21).
God Himself promises His word, “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent” (Isaiah 55:11). He promises, “whatever I say will be fulfilled” (Ezekiel 12:28).
Friends, those are some powerful promises! And those promises will overcome both the lies of this world and the lies of our circumstances.
Worship Changes Your Enemy’s Position
The fourth reason to use worship as a weapon is that it drives Satan away. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people.
That means that when you worship God, you invite His presence into the room and into your circumstances. And when God is present, Satan has no choice but to flee.
Don’t forget either that Heaven is a kingdom of continuous praise and worship. So when you worship God, you’re extending His heavenly kingdom to your place on Earth. Satan obviously doesn’t want any part of that either.
Worship Changes Those Around You
The final reason to use worship as a weapon is that it changes those around you. You can find a very powerful example of this truth in Acts 16, where Paul and Silas were wrongfully imprisoned for preaching God’s word.
Verses 25-26 note, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
The jailer woke up and was about to kill himself, believing the prisoners had all escaped, when Paul cried out to stop him. And what was the jailer’s response? He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Paul and Silas worshiped in the most dire of circumstances, when worship didn’t seem to make much sense. I mean, why worship a God who would allow you to be thrown into prison? The other prisoners were probably shaking their heads.
But the power and results of their worship brought the jailer and his entire family, and likely many of the prisoners in that same jail, to know and serve God.
Don’t believe for a second that others aren’t watching you as you navigate life’s greatest challenges, waiting to see what you’ll do, how you’ll respond. Imagine the witness you’ll provide if you stand in worship and trust God to work all things for your good.
How to Use Worship as a Weapon
Want to know the best part of all? It’s that you can’t mess up using worship as a weapon.
You can sing out of tune, own zero musical instruments, and forget some of the words. You can sing softly to yourself or sing so loudly your voice cracks. You can sing at church, in your home, in your car, anywhere. And no matter how or where you’re declaring that worship, the effect is the same!
The biggest, most vital point is that you must focus on the words and message of the song. Humming a song to yourself or playing it in the background while you work definitely ushers in God’s presence.
But to receive the full effect of worship, you have to focus on and declare the words as you sing them. You have to mean them.
Looking for some triumphant songs to start singing and declaring over your life? Sing songs from your church or favorite worship album. Or check out some of my current favorites – “Holy (Wedding Day),” “Build My Life,” “Do It Again,” “Reckless Love,” and “So Will I (100 Billion X).”
Wrap It Up
You can and must use worship as a weapon, especially in your most challenging seasons. It changes your focus, perspective, and circumstances, drives away Satan, and changes those around you.
What have you overcome using worship as a weapon? Be sure to share in the comments!
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