2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” Our warfare isn’t against “flesh and blood” (i.e. in the natural realm) “but against the spiritual] rulers, against the (spiritual) powers, against the (spiritual) world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).
Natural weapons are valueless against a spiritual adversary. To defeat a spiritual foe, we must rely on spiritual weapons, and spiritual worship is such a weapon.
One facet of its effectiveness is the great “pain” it causes the enemy. Satan and his demons had once been part of the worshiping angelic hosts. But they rebelled against God and were cast out of their previous estate. Therefore, Satan and his hordes now react to worship much as someone would react to being thrust out into bright sunlight after having spent years in the darkness of a deep cave. Just as extremely loud noise causes us physical pain, so the sound of true spiritual worship causes the demonic realm great pain and confusion and drives them away.
You can know all about worship, why it’s important, how God wants you to worship, and what happens when you do worship, but unless you begin doing it yourself, it will have no value. Here are some guidelines that will help you enter into true spiritual worship:
- Remember that you worship God because He is worthy.
God is the Creator of everything. He always was and always will be. Everything we possess, He has given us and He will still give us more than we can imagine, now and in eternity. He is greater than anything we consider great, wiser than anyone we consider wise, better than anything we consider good. He is far more perfect than the most perfect thing we can imagine. And yet He suffered and died so you and I, wretched though we were, could live.
The only possible response from a grateful heart is, “Thou art worthy, O Lord!”
2. Worship God because He commands it!
Worship isn’t optional. God commands worship and our obedience to His will must include a regular pattern of whole-hearted worship.
David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Be like David and worship at all times.
3. Worship God as He wants to be worshiped!
There is more instruction in the Bible about how God wants us to worship Him than on any subject. The Great Commandment capsulizes this teaching: “Hear, O Israel The Lord is our God the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord’ your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut. 6:5) True spiritual worship involves these three major areas of your being:
Worship involves the heart. The heart is the emotional part of our being. True spiritual worship is not emotionalism, but it is emotional.
Worship involves the soul. The soul is the seat of our intellect and will. With our souls we choose to worship because we have come to know it is the right thing to do. We know Who we worship, why we worship, what happens when we worship, and that we must worship. True spiritual worship doesn’t correspond in any way with the mindless vacuity and passivity of heathen spiritualistic trances or their so-called meditation worship. ·