One of the things the Lord loves to do is destroy enemies. No, not His enemies, the Lord doesn’t have any! Saying the Lord has enemies is like saying a flea is the enemy of the giant! Psalm 2:1-4 says, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord…He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord ridicules them.” No “enemy” poses any legitimate threat to the Lord. He loves to destroy our enemies! In Isaiah 30:27-28, the prophet Isaiah gives us a powerful image of how the Lord reacts to the enemies of His people, and to those who have cried out in their season of attack? HERE HE COMES!
“You shall have songs, as in the night when a festival is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. The Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard…” (Isaiah 30:29-30) “Songs in the night” – that is you, that is now! How does that happen? How do you have “songs in the night” seasons of your life? Here’s how:
1) “songs…as when one goes with a flute to come into the mountain of the Lord” – that is worship! Remember, worship is ministry to the Lord. The only way to have a song in the night is to make yourself sing one! “He has put a new song in my mouth” David wrote. (Psalm 40:3) The song is there! Whether or not you feel like singing it is a different matter. Worship is always the right response because it is an act of gratitude. You can’t read your Bible thankfully and while you can pray and say ‘thank you’ to God, He asked for you to worship Him with your gratitude (Psalm 50:23) and in return He promised to show you the way of salvation from whatever it is you need saving from! Hallelujah!
2) Worship anyway. This is not an easy thing to do. When you least feel like worshipping, when the clouds around you have grown dark and threatening, when the gale-force winds stir up your painful remembrances and scare you, when your mind goes blank from fear and anxiety, when you’re barely hanging on- that is the time to worship! Will you feel like it? No. And that exactly when you need to do it the most. Worship becomes a weapon of war against the enemy when you step away from who you are and what you’re going through in order to minister to the Lord. It’s a supernatural act of power to force yourself past your flesh and into the spirit. It will be your greatest sacrifice- and He will not forget it. (Genesis 22:17)
Worship becomes a weapon of war against the enemy when you step away from who you are and what you’re going through in order to minister to the Lord.
3) Build an altar. One of the things people of faith did after a season of great difficulty was to build an altar. After the year-long flood, Noah built an altar in worship to the Lord. (Genesis 8:20) After a terrible battle with Amalek, where Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands in the day of battle, Moses built an altar. (Genesis 17:15) After David sinned and God had punished the people for what David did, David repented and built an altar. (2 Samuel 24:24-25) You will have a song in the night season, and a new song for each new “night” you experience, but the altar? That is for your remembrance. Jeremiah 31:21 says this, “Set up road marks, place guideposts. Set your heart toward the highway, even the way by which you went.”
One of the ways to stir your faith is by remembering the great things the Lord has done for you in the past- to built faith in knowing He’ll come through again. The Lord has no enemies, but you do. “By this I know that You favor me, because my enemy does not triumph over me,” David wrote. (Psalm 41:11) Satan cannot defeat you without your permission. It may be a mighty battle, but if you don’t give up, you WILL win because the Lord of Heavens Armies (Isaiah 8:13) will fight alongside you!