Undistracted worship is a challenge. In the corporate setting, we’ve all experienced the sudden mysterious technical difficulties sound equipment can develop, the unexpected and badly timed remarks others sometimes make just as we are entering the sanctuary door, and myriads of other minor disasters. From that point on, focusing our complete attention on the Lord becomes a colossal struggle, and there may be times we do not succeed in overcoming during the entire worship phase of our service. None of this is coincidence. It is Satan’s deliberate assault.
Why does he make such a concerted effort to derail our worship? We have already seen in the previous posts that worship is a warfare weapon that puts the enemy’s camp in disarray and that worship decrees the kingdom of heaven into the earth. Hell is not going to let those things happen without a fight.
But there is another reason as well. Ezekiel 28:11-17 gives us a description of “the king of Tyrus” which many Bible scholars believe is really referring to Lucifer and what he was like before his rebellion against God. Verse 13 says, “… the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.” A tabret (sometimes translated “timbrel” or even “tambourine”) was a percussion instrument, probably a drum. “Workmanship” has the extra meaning of ministry or occupation. This reference possibly indicates that Lucifer was once the lead worship minister in heaven. When we understand that the ultimate purpose of the entire universe is to worship the Lord God Almighty, we see what an important position Lucifer held. But Isaiah 14:12-14 informs us that this one who was adorned with great beauty and had the prestigious honor of leading worship, became prideful (“I will ascend … I will exalt my throne … I will be like the Most High.”) and decided he would rather be worshipped than be the worshipper.
He desired to usurp worship for himself then, and he still does today. This is his primary goal — to divert worship from the Most High God to himself. We see his maneuvers all through history — deceiving mankind into idol worship, distracting man’s attention from adoration of the King of Kings, even tempting Jesus to worship him: “All these things will I give you if you will fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9).
The holy war of the ages, in a nutshell, is about who will be worshipped. We who believe the Scriptures already know what the final outcome will be: “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10.11). Until that final day, we are honored with an invitation to participate in the universal conflict by worshipping King Jesus and by interceding on behalf of His worship being accomplished.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual