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Reason 5: Worship Provides Protection and Victory

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Despite the best of crime deterrent forces, many people today have difficulty with feeling adequately protected.  Whether tangible evidence exists, or the enemy is visible, we want to be protected.  When a conflict arises, as children of the Most High, we want to be victorious.  After obedience to God’s Word, our next best line of defense is worship.  Worship to God provides us protection and victory.

But what if the enemy is unseen?  The bible tells us we have an adversary, the devil. He comes at us, or at people close to us, with vicious attacks to kill us, steal from us, or render us powerless.  In fact, Scripture tells us he roams like a roaring lion, hunting for those of us he can consume.  Take heart weary soldier, as you reestablish your heart connection with God in worship, you receive all the strength, power, and wisdom you need to defeat the enemy.

David was a skilled musician and worshiper and it paid handsome dividends.  God defended David from Saul who tried numerous times to kill him.  Not only that, when Saul was tormented by an evil spirit, Saul was delivered from the evil spirit by David’s worship to God.

“Whenever the evil spirit from God bothered Saul, David would play his harp. Saul would relax and feel better, and the evil spirit would go away.” (1 Samuel 16:23, CEV)

 David worshiped His God with declarations of faith in prayer as well as with music and song.  In the following passage, we read these declarations he made sharing in the confidence of victory brought about by David’s worship and by our own.  David determined to worship God despite his circumstances.  We would do well to remember his example when the storms of life or conflicts arise around us.

“But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the depths of the earth.  They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a serving for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.” (Psalms 63:9-11)

When we find ourselves in the midst of conflict or enemy attacks, often times it is difficult to understand what to do.  So it was with the children of Israel at the time of King Jehoshaphat when the armies of Moab, Ammon, and Edom had surrounded them.  Do you ever feel as though your enemies have surrounded you, getting positioned for battle?  Don’t feel alone there because we all face similar situations if we will be honest.  Often times, just as the children of Israel, we don’t know what to do next.

”O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no might against this great company which comes against us. Nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”  (2 Chronicles 20:12)

 What was God’s promise to them if they were diligent to obey His commands, worship being one of them?  Let’s turn back to the Book of Deuteronomy to refresh our memory.

“The LORD will help you defeat your enemies and make them scatter in all directions.  Then everyone on earth will know that you belong to the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.” (Deuteronomy 28:7, 10 CEV)

Reviewing the triumphal victory King Jehoshaphat and his people had, we see God make His promise come to pass.  God gave the king and his people peace having made their enemies afraid of them.  The king and his people were diligent to hear and obey the Word of the Lord and God rewarded them.

“Every nation that heard how the LORD had defeated Israel’s enemies was terrified, so Jehoshaphat ruled in peace, and God gave him security on every side.“

(2 Chronicles 20:29, 30 GNB)

Would you like more evidence?  Of course, I can provide more. Ahithophel developed a plot to kill David.  The plan was for David to be killed at night while he was tired and discouraged.  David had learned of the planned attack but not the details.  So he went to the top of the Mount of Olives and prayed that Ahithophel’s plans would become foolishness, and then he worshiped God.  After that, Ahimaaz and Jonathan came and told David the details Ahithophel had planned.  David crossed over Jordan quickly during the day and spoiled the evil planned for him.  Upon realizing that David escaped, Ahithophel killed himself. You can find more details about this story in the 2nd Book of Samuel beginning in chapter fifteen.

Notice the timing of the planned enemy attack; and keep vigilant and stay on guard during those times.  One flaw in Ahithophel’s plan was he failed to consider David knew how to strengthen himself in the Lord.  In David’s time of worship, not only was he strengthened and encouraged, but God gave him the wisdom he needed to escape the attack.

We find another example of God’s protection and victory as Gideon approached the camp of Midian.  Gideon overheard two men talking, one sharing a dream he had, and the other interpreting the dream.  As Gideon heard the details of the interpretation, he was compelled to worship God.  After he had done so, he returned to the place where the Israelites were camped and told them of God’s plan to deliver the camp of Midian into their hands.

Those of you reading this book may have heard strange things or been compelled in unusual ways by God.  I can’t help but wonder if the battle plan Gideon received during his time of worship and thanksgiving with the Lord didn’t seem strange to him.  Nevertheless, he obeyed.  The plan involved the Israeli army carrying pitchers that contained lighted torches.  Gideon and the others sounded trumpets and declared “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon”. As the army heard the trumpets, they broke open the pitchers to reveal the torches.  The enemy, being terrified, ran in fear, screaming.  Does this sound too good to be true?  See for yourself in the seventh chapter of the Book of Judges.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry.  Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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