This morning as I quietly mediated an angel appeared in my mind. He was big and powerful and barefoot! He turned around and began walking with purpose down a hallway. As he walked he pushed with his right hand on a door to the right flinging it open to reveal bright light that hurt the eyes. He continued forward and pushed open another door revealing the same light, and then yet a third where he stopped and stood quietly.
As he opened these doors I walked behind him and at the first door I stood and lifted my hands and said one word......Hallelujah. At the second door I again stopped and lifted my arms and said, "We praise you Jesus". At the third door the light was so so brilliant and powerful I got down on my knees and gave thanks. I heard the words, "Worthy is the Lamb! Worthy is the Lamb!" The angel then disappeared.
Over the past few months the concept of praise being a mighty weapon of warfare has continued to "hound" me. In devotionals, on Facebook, during Bethel teachings, and as of late, in Havilah Cunnington's new book "Stronger Than the Struggle" due for release on January 9th. Havilah is a leader, teacher, and pastor at Bethel Church and School, and I am part of her large book launch team, I am enjoying very much an e-copy of the book. One thing she talked about "warfare-worship" and it certainly resonated within me. Today's meditation during my quiet time only affirms to me the need for praise and worship.
Here is an idea (not mine)! Everything we do is a form of worship to our Lord if we release it all to him. From the mundane to the miraculous we worship our creator with our words and actions. OR...we do not. There are only two choices. Besides the mundane or the miraculous, there are times we need worship to be a form of warfare.
When we were at Bethel and received the prophetic words at our private personal session, one of the people asking God for words for us told us that when mountains come to us (and we all face them ) we will laugh with joy when we stand before them BECAUSE we know what is coming. We know that God's promises to us are on the other side. We laugh because the joy of the Lord is our strength. I confess that this year has sometimes been difficult for us with a few health mountains, and, too, the struggle to know where we belong. My first reaction is not always to laugh with joy. It is not to praise. My words and actions do not always proclaim how good my God is. Guess that makes me pretty human.
But if praise is a weapon of warfare....if warfare-worship holds the power it did for Jehoshaphat to win a battle against many forces and for Jacob to break down the walls of Jericho, we best take notice. If God tells us to intentionally worship and praise, we best be obedient. "Praise is the highway to the throne of God".
Worship positions us for intimacy with God. Worship positions us to keep our focus on the One, while doing battle because the Lord does fight for us. Sometimes we are told to stand firm, sword in hand, alert and courageous in the battle with the enemy. Sometimes we are told to rest and trust Him to fight for us. Sometimes we are told to praise him, doing warfare-worship by lifting our voices, our hearts in praise to the One. For, as I was told this morning....worthy is the Lamb! Worthy is the Lamb!!!