Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
2 Chronicles 16:29
Are you feeling a little down today? Anxious? Downcast? Defeated? Do you feel bombarded by the pressures of life that seem to close in on you from every angle?
Try this soul-strengthening exercise: Take a deep breath. Lift up your hands, and worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
If you are able, go outside and take a walk (after reading this post!) 🙂 and admire the beauty of God’s creation.
His splendor is all around us.
Splendor is defined as beauty and brilliance (source). It is the epitome of shining, sparkling magnificence; awe-struck wonder and grandeur.
Does that not perfectly describe our great God? His splendor is seen in a sunrise, or beheld in a sparkling jewel. His power is displayed in a roaring waterfall cascading through the light of a gleaming sunset.
Whether you are happy or sad, tired or full of energy, lift up your eyes to the Author of all things marvelous, and worship him in the sparkling splendor of his sacred holiness.
This kind of God-centered adoration will lift your burdens and give you fresh perspective–warding off the attacks of the enemy who aims to defeat and destroy.
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat experienced the splendor of worship in a powerful way. All was well within his kingdom until he received a troubling message that his enemies were coming to make war with him (2 Chronicles 20:1).
But despite the alarming news, Jehoshaphat didn’t panic.
He sought the Lord to help him in his great time of need.
Within his prayer he proclaimed the truth of God’s mighty power.
“You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one else can withstand you” (vs.6).
His prayer and proclamation of God’s sovereignty gave him the right perspective regarding his situation. He knew where to fix his eyes.
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (vs. 12).
This perspective gave Jehoshaphat the courage to take his position against his enemies.
He stood firm on the solid promises of God’s deliverance.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you” (vs. 17).
With renewed perspective on God’s promise of victory, Jehoshaphat praised the Lord. He remembered that his God is bigger than any army he would ever face. Jehoshaphat appointed the Levites to sing as he and the people of Judah went into battle.
He used worship as his weapon of mass destruction.
They worshiped the Lord in the splendor of his holiness (vs. 21).
Then the unthinkable happened. As they worshiped, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies. One by one the enemies turned on one another and destroyed themselves! When Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah arrived at the battlefield, the war was already over—the victory was already theirs!
All that was left for the people of God to do was collect the plunder from their defeated enemies. It took them three days to collect all the articles of value (vs 25)! Jehoshaphat and his army went home rejoicing, and his kingdom enjoyed peace and rest on every side (vs 30).
This story reveals a very important truth:
Worship is warfare.
When you are suited up for battle with a song in your heart and praise on your lips,
you hold a lethal weapon against your enemy.
No weapon forged against you will prevail (Isaiah 54:17).
When we are faced with adversity, we can follow the example of Jehoshaphat and implement the secret weapon to spiritual victory:
The 7 P’s of Spiritual Victory:
1. Pray—talk to God about your circumstance.
2. Proclaim the truth of God’s Word and the truth of who God is.
3. Gain clear perspective—keep your eyes fixed on God. He’s bigger than your situation.
4. Ponder the promises of God’s deliverance—he will never fail.
5. Praise the Lord with everything in you!
6. Take the plunder—receive the provision of the Lord
7. Live in peace—enjoy rest and security from the Lord.
Implement these things, and see the tactics of the enemy come to a reeling halt.
We have complete victory through Jesus!
If you are currently living in a low valley or difficult season, worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Turn your pain into a valley of praise.
Put on some worship music, and go to the battlefield.
Put on your gleaming armor, and fight with the weapon of worship.
Put on your garments of praise, and your burdens will be lifted.
And when you get there, you’ll that find your adversaries have already been defeated.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
In what areas of your life do you need more victory? Let me know how I can pray for you in the comments below!