Studying the Word of God will bring revelation to anyone who seeks to know more of the Lord and as you are faithful to deepen your knowledge, God will be faithful to increase your understanding. One of the things you’ll notice is the way in which people of great faith react to the issues that arise in their own lives. Sure, they question and cry, make mistakes and bad choices; they experience attacks on every front; they have to fight spiritual enemies, like fear, and natural enemies like depression and anxiety, jealousy everything else! But, in spite of it all, they emerge victorious. How do they do that? When they fall, they fall to their knees and pray. When they’re pressed upon, they praise. When they’re wondering and wandering, they turn to the Word. (Psalm 119:50)
This process is not one of perfection, but of sanctification, and every person who has committed their lives to Jesus Christ will walk through it if they choose to accept the calling He has placed on their lives. You will need to learn how to use every weapon you have so you can do more than “survive” – God wants you to thrive! It is especially important that you learn how to use praise and worship as a weapon, but it is a distinct action from how you use the Word and from the purposes of prayer.
…your willful determination to recognize that, in spite of it all God is as much worthy of praise on a bad day as He is on a good day, is what makes worship a weapon of war
[I encourage you to dig more deeply into the revelation of praise and worship and to utilize every aspect of The Way of the Worshipper, which is completely free and given here to be a blessing and support to your faith!] Here’s just one example for you today of the powerful perspective of praise in the life of someone just like you and me:
Psalm 119:161-168 is a poem under the Hebrew letter “Shin” which literally means “the teeth” and that is no coincidence!
“SHIN – Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words. I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great plunder. I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law. Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments. Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing shall cause them to stumble. Lord, I have hoped for Your deliverance, and I carry out Your commandments. My soul has kept Your testimonies, and I love them greatly. I have kept Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.”
The teeth in this passage that tear open the darkness and let in the light of the Lord, is the fact that the author expresses struggle, frustration, pain at being persecuted, lied about and mistreated, but chooses to still say this, “Seven times a day I praise You…” The word “praise” in this passage is the Hebrew word “halal“, which is where “Hallelujah!” comes from. The author is literally saying: “Seven times a day I will shout Hallelujah!” To stop and praise the Lord and shout ‘hallelujah’ seven times a day looks like this, for example:
- 7 a.m.: Wake up and shout Hallelujah!
- 10 a.m.: Take a break at work and shout Hallelujah!
- 1 p.m.: Wrap up lunch and shout Hallelujah!
- 5 p.m.: Drive home from work and shout Hallelujah!
- 7 p.m.: Get the family ready for bed or clean up from dinner and shout Hallelujah!
- 10 p.m.: Get in bed and shout Hallelujah!
But remember! This shouting ‘hallelujah’ is all taking place when everything is really hard, where you are experiencing persecution, hard times, confusion, pain, wondering, worry and more- can you still shout ‘hallelujah’? Will you? The ability to praise the Lord amid adversity is not instinctive- quite the opposite! But your willful determination to recognize that, in spite of it all God is as much worthy of praise on a bad day as He is on a good day, is what makes worship a weapon of war! The enemy is trying to bare his teeth at you, but your God is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! Worship the Lord! And as for your enemy? Go for the jugular!
Thought for today
“Seven times a day” sounds like a lot- unless you’re in a battle and then, really, it’ll feel like it’s not enough! You cannot worship the Lord enough. Why? Because He is always on the move. (Psalm 121:4) He is always working. He is always healing, protecting, guiding, speaking, inspiring, covering, gracious, merciful, powerful, loving, rescuing… He’s worthy of praise moment by moment. “War worship” is when you worship God anyway– pushing past your experiences and feelings and perspectives in this natural reality and into the perspectives of life in God’s spiritual reality. The victories of the great men and women of faith are no different than what you have access to.
But if you want those testimonies for your own, it means two things. 1) You’ll need to walk through trials as they did, and 2) You’ll need to respond as they responded – in the perspective of faith, and then in the actions of faith! Worship is one of the primary ways you prove that what you say God has done has been done- even before your eyes see that He has done it! Praising Him seven times a day is a great start! <3