It is also significant that Michal was David’s wife. It is often God’s people who are closest to the renewal, but are untouched by it, that become most hostile to it. Those who have experienced renewal early in their lives, or are second generation heirs of revival, most often oppose God’s present day stirrings.

The result with them is the same as it was with Michal they become barren. The harder they fight and the more stridently they oppose renewal, the more barren and fruitless they become.

Israel is the most impressive example. Their ultimate rejection of Jesus, the Messiah, resulted in their destruction and final dispersion among the nations. They became and largely have remained a spiritual wasteland.

THE RESULTS OF TRUE SPIRITUAL WORSHIP

Once the Ark was returned to Jerusalem, David’s reign, followed by that of his son, Solomon, brought Israel to its greatest time of glory. This pictures the important place worship plays in bringing about God’s purpose. Once worship has been established, it will continue to result in ever greater victory for the people of God. That is because worship gives God a place to dwell in, gives us an environment to be transformed in, and provides a weapon to bring certain defeat to the enemy of our souls.

GOD INHABITS PRAISE

Psalm 22:3 says, “Thou are holy, O thou who dwells (lives) in the praises of Israel.” A more literal rendering of the original Hebrew would read, “O thou who inhabits the praises of Israel.” Most biblical revelations of God picture Him seated on a throne, either surrounded by a praising multitude (as in Revelation) or lifted high by the cherubim, angelic creatures who do nothing but recite the high praises of God (as in Daniel and Ezekiel.)

Wherever His people gather and worship Him, God promises He will make His presence known in their midst. On the other hand, where God’s people consistently neglect true spiritual worship, His manifest presence is rarely experienced.

TRANSFORMED THROUGH WORSHIP

Worship prepares us for the working of God in our lives like nothing else can. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “but we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord , are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit.” As we worship the Lord, His Spirit conforms us to the image of Jesus Christ.

This transformation does not only take place as we worship. The Holy Spirit continually works in the lives of believers whose hearts are open before Him. But it is in the lives of those believers who have a consistent worship experience that the Holy Spirit finds most ready access for His transforming work. The Bible says, “Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit,” and warns us not to “quench the Spirit.” Nothing will “grieve” or “quench” the Holy Spirit faster than a lack of worship in a believer’s life. Our hearts will become hard like ground where there is no rain if the “rains” distilled from our worship and praise don’t often come upon them to soften them.

WORSHIP-A MIGHTY SPIRITUAL WEAPON

Finally, worship is a most powerful weapon. Threatened by a massive, devastating invasion by the sons of Ammon and Moab, King Jehoshaphat of Judah sought the Lord for deliverance from his plight. The Lord promised him certain victory and told him that all he’d have to do was stand and watch Him fight for him. By the wisdom of God imparted, King Jehoshaphat decided to send a choir out in front of the army. “When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against Judah; so they were routed.” (2 Chron. 20:21-22)