For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. — 2 Corinthians 10:4
God has given us many weapons with which to overcome the enemy of our souls – the Word of God, the blood and the name of Jesus, our faith, and the word of our testimony, for starters. (For a fuller discussion of the spiritual warfare weapons, please see my post, Spiritual Warfare: Our Weapons.) Worship is primarily to honor the King of Kings, but it has a by-product effect of being a weapon of warfare.
2 Chronicles 20:1-30 tells the story of Judah being attacked by an army too great for them to overcome. The people gathered themselves together at Jerusalem to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting.
Look at how King Jehoshaphat opened their prayer gathering:
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, … and said, “O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? And do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you? Are you not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham your friend forever?” (vs. 5-7)
What was Jehoshaphat doing? He was worshipping. Jehoshaphat and his people were in dire distress and fear, yet they worshipped.
By verse 14, we see one of the Levites of the house of Asaph prophesying the Lord’s protection and direction to the congregation. Worship paved the way for revelation — which is another of the spiritual warfare weapons. I also find it very interesting that the prophecy came forth from the worship team. Asaph’s family line were directly responsible for leading the worship in the temple. There is a correlation between worship and revelation.
What did the people do, upon hearing this prophetic word? “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites … stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high” (vs. 18, 19). Their immediate response was worship.
But King Jehoshaphat’s next move is entirely surprising. He sent out an army to meet the foe (v. 21), with worshippers going before, whose only job was to praise the Lord! As they worshipped, God caused such confusion among the enemy that they killed each other (vs. 22, 23).
There is a dynamic of worship that we do not fully understand in the natural. Worship is the continuous sound in heaven’s throne room, and when we unite with that worship, we create a holy connection between heaven and earth. God delights in our demonstration of love for Him, and draws near to us (James 4:8).
How does this worship become a warfare tactic, then? Worship of God Almighty afflicts the demonic world with confusion. This is what happened in Jehoshaphat’s story. Demons abhor the sound of worship. It puts them in disarray. This is why verbal worship, rather than just inward adoration, is needed. As we worship, the heavens are opened over us and authority flows down from the throne to overthrow the strongholds of the devil.
Next up: How worship establishes God’s Kingdom in the earth
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual