Is the title a line of incompatible words? It could seem that way. But there really is a wonderful weapon and warfare isn’t just about traditional or contemporary worship styles. To build a better you it’s important to know how this string of W words go together! And an explanation/illustration comes from my own life experience.
All of us have experienced difficult days. The only requirement for that is living long enough for difficulty to camp on your doorstep. In such a period of our lives, we were overwhelmed. It seemed our deep, desperate, dark circumstances would leave nothing but broken lives in their wake. Forever etched in my mind is a hot, Texas, summer afternoon. I was in the front yard thinking, working, praying, working, and thinking some more. Into my troubled heart, God brought the words of Job: “The LORD gives, the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
That may seem insignificant, but it was a huge statement for Job. It was also the exact thing I needed to confess. And this is the confession of worship we need to live by as those redeemed by God. The truth of Job’s words are forever true. God is always good. He cannot be anything less than that. If He gives, it’s good. If He takes away, it’s good. To think otherwise shows us to be overly concerned with gifts and not enraptured with the Giver. That is where I was. And I needed these W words in order to become a better me!
My circumstances didn’t decrease the worthiness of God to be praised. In fact, I didn’t want to praise. I was in a ‘funk’ like Elijah was when he was running from Jezebel. All I could see was my physical circumstances. I was so focused on them, myself, and the consequences to my family that I could not ‘backup’ and see the bigger picture. God’s Word brought it all into focus. No matter my circumstance, worship Him because HE IS WORTHY! PRAISE HIM!
There is a direct application for weapon. We readily think of Ephesians 6 as the listing of the weapons of spiritual warfare. Like other Biblical concepts, we have to look at all of Scripture to find a complete picture. God is enthroned on the praises of His people. Praise is a weapon of our warfare. The evil one cannot bear the sound of God’s people praising Him in spirit and truth. He arrests our worship and praise when he can tempt us focus on our problems instead of our Provider. As long as we will be faithful, whatever the circumstance, to render to the Lord the praise and glory due His name we are wielding a mighty, wonderful weapon for His Kingdom.
What I had to do that hot summer day was what we all have to do: make a choice. I chose to believe, by faith, that God’s praise was more important than pondering my problems. He is Lord over it all. He gives and takes. Whichever one I may be experiencing doesn’t increase or decrease His worthiness to be praised!
And just another quick thought. Employing God’s wonderful weapon of worship accomplishes much in spiritual warfare. I encourage you to choose worship and praise. It will honor Him, expand His Kingdom, and build a better you!