Too often, we as believers feel the weight of attack and fear on our spirits, and assume that it’s just the way it is. We’ve been told that there’s a war going on in the spiritual realms, and we as followers of Christ are simply called to withstand it—take blow after blow in the fight against evil.
We are taught that being in a constant state of attack is expected, even inevitable.
And that’s a lie.
And an effective one too, because in this lie, we fashion ourselves to be martyrs for God’s cause, bound to our pain instead of set free as we’re called to be. The same could be said for when we’re stuck in a state of victimhood. In this lie, we are left naked and unprotected, abandoned by a distant God.
Psalms 144:1 “May the Lord, my rock, be praised, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare.”
How many times did Paul warn believers not to be deceived by false doctrine? The falsities of these lies cannot be overstated. Our God is not a distant Father, ignorant to our pain and suffering. Nor has He left us without means to protect ourselves from enemy fire. In fact, God has equipped us with weaponry far superior than anything a blacksmith or swordsmith could ever produce. He has taught and commanded of us to engage daily in the true art of war—worship.
Worship, in many ways, is the spirit in us commanding our flesh—and the powers of Hell with it—aside as we fulfill our greatest commandment. This act takes countless forms: dancing, singing, writing, acting, but it’s not just the arts. Walks in nature, loving someone in the midst of frustration and anger, joyously giving tithes and offerings, self-sacrificing, and the setting aside of idols and distractions—all are pleasing to the Lord, and it shifts our anxiety to His peace. How could we worry, when we immerse ourselves in the power of our protector, provider, and comforter?
Ephesians 6:12 “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
When we worship, we choose to focus on who He is and what He’s done, rather than attacks of the enemy. I laugh to myself when I consider that boasting in our God is essentially biblical smack-talk against our adversaries. By declaring the greatness of God, we denigrate and dismiss the power of the devil. Our praises and acts of worship all assemble into a resounding chorus, singing over us that we are loved by a great and victorious God. Knowing that Jesus has already won the greatest battle of all time should give us ample confidence that this fight song of ours stems from that great feat, and that nothing can overcome it.
So as you prepare your fingertips for war this week, steady your heart, and remember that we fight from a place of victory. Let worship be the battle stance on which you claim your peace.