In the church I attend I have had the privilege of leading worship and it one of those sweet things that I love to do for my Abba Father.
I have always known that worship is a powerful ‘thing’. How do you describe just what it is? The word itself is a verb as it is used to describe something that we do. We worship when we give of our time and talents, when we turn our hearts in adoration to our Lord and focus on all that He is. Our godly actions of time, tithe, devotion and ministry (just to name a few) are all an act of “worship”.
Now let’s look at worship as a noun when it becomes a tool, yes, it is a tool. It is used to accomplish some vital things in our surrounding as well as in our heart. When noted in the Old Testament, the tool of worship is used to prepare the atmosphere so to speak, in preparation for battle. Familiar verses in 2 Chronicles 20 tell us of a time when the singers (worshipers) were used to prepare the atmosphere for victory.
They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa ; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said,”Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”Then they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.
God then stepped in and overwhelmed the enemies and whipped them all out. I also believe that when we begin our time of worship in the Lord’s house that we accomplish the same purpose because we focus on the Lord and we vocally express in word and song our thanks to Him and acknowledge that His lovingkindness is everlasting. This clears the air so to speak, to make a way for the presence of the Lord to be welcomed in our midst.
Now lets look at how worship is a tool that is used to change us. I can personally testify to how the Lord did a big work in my heart as I learned to worship Him. Adoring Him for who He is according to His Word and praising Him for all He has done and will do. In that sense, the Lord has and does use worship to realign who we are. It is in times of intimate worship that we are able to see ourselves–after looking at our perfect Father–like Isaiah saw himself, as a man (woman) of unclean lips dwelling in the midst of people of the same.
Isaiah 6:5-7 “Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
Wow, once in the presence of the Lord, I am able to realize just how unclean I really am! So this tool of worship can start the process of ‘cleaning’ me up as I see Him and His holiness. Now, a vital part of this ‘tool’ is that God now uses it to also equip us for our seasons of difficulty. Not only will we be ineffective for His service and use but we also will not be able to withstand the seasons of trial. Worship, and all that it does for us–being saturated in the Lord’s presence–is that which will equip, empower and allow us to stand firm in seasons of difficulty. So Oswald Chambers says it very succinctly “If you have not been worshiping as occasion serves, when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.” It is here that the act of worship becomes the tool used to enable us to continue on for Christ’s sake.
Father, I want the deep work done in my heart for your glory only. Show me Your face and then I will have the courage to keep on until Christ returns. Show me Your face and I will be able to withstand those times of difficulty that will come my way. I humbly ask for Your presence to invade my life that I might be Your worship warrior for today, for right now, in Jesus’ name.