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Faith & values

January 23, 2014

Rout the enemy from our lives

Last week, I wrote a few thoughts on prayer.  Did you know that there is even more emphasis in the Bible on praise than on prayer? Praise (worship) goes on in heaven non-stop. In fact, there are beings in heaven that were created for this sole purpose.

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb!” (Rev. 5:11-12)

If that much emphasis is placed on worship in heaven and our prayer is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” don't you think worship should have an important place in our lives here on this earth? I know some churches that include two or three songs/hymns in the service with a special offertory song, while others give significantly more time and focus on worship.

But worship is not just something we do corporately when we meet together. It can and should be a part of our own personal devotional time  as well as a focus of our heart throughout the day.

As our understanding of the greatness and majesty of our God increases, so will our worship to Him.

Although I have had a very thankful heart since the day God revealed Himself to me as Savior, I continue to grow in my comprehension and understanding of who He is and as I do, my love for Him and the desire to express back to Him that honor, love, appreciation and awe just continues to increase.

We live in a culture that is very self centered (selfish), so to focus our love and attention on Another may very well be the cure. When praise becomes a way of life, He becomes the center rather than self.

Praise is actually a spiritual weapon. There are a number of illustrations in the Bible about the importance of praise when dealing with a formidable enemy.  Certainly the story of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20) is a supreme example of the importance of praise.

God actually told them through the prophet that they would not have to even fight this battle, but they were to send out the worshipers at the front of the army to sing and praise the Lord. Then the Lord fought the battle for them.

In Psalm 22:3, we are told that God “inhabits the praises” of His people. One author states that “Satan is allergic to praise!” In other words, the very being that was created in the highest order of beings to worship God corrupted himself (with pride) believing that he could ascend to the place of God and receive the worship he was created to give to the only One who is worthy, the Lord God Almighty. He hates to be around worship and so do all of his minions.

When praise and worship become our way of life, we create an atmosphere for the Lord to come and intervene in our life circumstances.

Our attitude is positive so that no matter what is going on around us, He is tangibly present and will sustain us in the midst of the most fierce battles imaginable. David learned this lesson early and it sustained him throughout his life.

Even when Saul was pursuing him to kill him, David's heart remained totally focused on pleasing the Lord.

“My times are in thy hands.” (Psalm 31:15) He learned what the apostle Paul stated:  “give thanks always for all things.” (Ephesians 5:20) This is what the author of Hebrews calls “the sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15) — it costs us something. Adversity has a way of bringing out the best or the worst in us.

If our attitude becomes one of trust, thankfulness and praise, God can use these adverse circumstances to bring about His highest good on our behalf.

This is a weapon that is available to every believer and one that needs to be used on a daily basis.

Not only do we need all the spiritual armor mentioned in Ephesians, we need the weapon of praise to rout the enemy from our lives.

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