Have you ever been in a battle in your life where you’ve employed every strategy and you feel like you’re still losing? The battles of the faith are as brutal as it gets in this life because they can only be won spiritually, not in the natural, and the weapons, strategies and victories are completely different than you’re expecting. And the battleground? The fiercest battles are waged within yourself. That is why you must work to master and utilize your spiritual weapons- because you’re fighting a spiritual battle! (Ephesians 6:12-18 & 2 Corinthians 10:4-6) The wisdom of the Word, the war of worship and the power of prayer are three of your best weapons and each one has its own unique purposes when you’re waging a spiritual battle, so learn to wield each one!
Everyone struggles in battle and hopes for victory, but there is a difference between hoping for victory and fighting to win that victory! Many people who aren’t seeing the breakthrough and victory are fighting the wrong enemy and waging war on the wrong battlefield. It’s exhausting! The enemy wants you focused on the natural battles so you’re tired and distractions from fighting the spiritual ones.
The Lord Has Raised Up a Victory Horn
“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven. He has raised up a victory horn for His people, praise for all His saints, even for the people of Israel near Him.” (Psalm 148:13-14)
If truly want the battle to be the Lord’s, you have to intentionally give it to Him- and stop fighting and start worshipping.
The “victory horn” that the Lord will raise up, according to Psalm 148 is formed from the praises of His people, but more specifically the tehillah praise, one of the seven Hebrew words for “praise”. [You can learn more about “tehillah” praise and the other “7 Hebrew Words for ‘Praise’ in “The Way of the Worshipper” book!] “Tehillah” praise is the spontaneous, spiritual song that you sing from your soul to the Lord within the secret of His presence, in moments of intimacy between you and Him. “Tehillah” praise is a song that you write. Its lyrics flow out of gratitude, testimony and exaltation that is highly specific to your own life, what He has done for you and in awe of His glory. Why does this matter so much?
Jesus Christ is the Horn of Salvation That Won the War
The Lord dwells within the “tehillah” praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) When you worship Him with a “new song”, you create living tabernacle for Him within your spirit and His presence draws nearer in a unique way in those moments. The Psalmist called “tehillah” praise the “victory horn” and it holds a special place in His heart. Why? In Luke 1:68-69, Zacharias prophesied of the coming King, the Messiah, the Savior, saying, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.” Not only does the Lord dwell in “tehillah” praise, which ensures your victory, His Son, Jesus Christ, was born into sin to prove that the enemy was defeated!
Here’s what you cannot let yourself forget: The Lord your God doesn’t sleep (Psalm 121:2-4). He is a “mighty and terrible” God against His enemies. (Deut. 7:21) He is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! (Psalm 46:7) Throughout the Word of God we are told over and over that “the battle is the Lord’s”. (2 Chron. 20:15) You may be fighting a battle in your life right now, but WHY? There are some battles that the Lord has called you to fight and others that He wants to fight for you. You’ll need to become intimately familiar with the voice of His Holy Spirit to discern the difference, and as you sharpen your weapons of the wisdom of the Word, the war of worship and the power of prayer, your battle will move into the spiritual realm, where the enemy has been stealing territory from you behind your back. “Tehillah” praise, your new song, your grateful, unique worship to Jesus Christ the Lord is not only a sign of victory, it’s the seal of the promise!
Thought for today: The Horn of Salvation Seals the Promise of Victory
If truly want the battle to be the Lord’s, you have to intentionally give it to Him- and stop fighting in the natural- worrying about situations and being upset and people, fretting about “what if” and start worshipping. Remember, God is in control, but YOU are in charge. Remember, the horn of salvation makes a mighty sound that is a warning to enemy of his defeat and song of triumph for the people of the Kingdom – that’s your praise! There are spiritual principles that apply to praise and worship. Don’t just sing songs, worship. Don’t just pray, praise. Don’t just read the words of the Bible, sing them in the spirit.
In the life of a Christian, almost every battle you’ll ever face will be won on your knees with your hands in the air. In the natural it’s a posture of surrender and loss, but in the spiritual? It’s the sign of surrender and victory! The Lord has already raised up a “victory horn” for you, but you will only be able to access it through tehillah praise- are you ready to win?? WORSHIP!
Build Strength for War Worship!
- “Worship War: The Battle Against Satan”
- “Take the People of War With You”
- “5 Tips for Using Scripture as a Defense”