It might surprise some to know that much of our fight against sin involves worship.
And every stroke of the appointed staff that the LORD lays on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. Is 30.32
God’s job is to crush our enemies. Our job is to worship, celebrate and trust him. While we worship him, he lays his strokes on our foes.
When I first got saved, I struggled a lot with fear at night, probably because a teenager I’d watched every horror movie I could. At times in the middle of the night I’d feel a presence in the room. The more I rebuked a spirit of fear, the more I felt gripped by fear.
Then someone told me I should pray, resist the devil, then begin to praise and thank God.
So when I experienced fear at night I’d pray then praise: “Father, thank you for your protection. Praise you that you are my refuge and strength, my strong fortress. Thank you that you say in your Word that you give your beloved sleep and the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.”
When you’re tempted to fear for the salvation of your loved ones, in addition interceding, praise God for his great power to save, that he is greater than their sin, that he doesn’t want any to perish but all to come to the knowledge of the truth.
When you’re tempted to lust, pray, “Jesus, deliver me!” Then say, “Praise you that you will cleanse me and make me pure. Thank you that you will give me victory and make holy as you are holy.”
Obviously, the Bible commands us to put sin to death. But ultimately, the Lord fights the battle. And let us not forget to add the sound of tambourines and lyres to our requests.
He loves to be accompanied by our worship while he is conquering his enemies.
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