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Confidence in the Face of Fear (Part 2 – Worship)

Andrew Walker

Pastor, East Marion Baptist Church

Psalm 27:4-6

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire[c] in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

In the last devotional I wrote regarding Psalm 27:1-3, how our circumstances can drive us to realize that we have no control.  We must then fix our attention on God, who is alone in control. In verses 4-6 David shows us how this practically happens.  We cannot merely will ourselves not to fear, we must focus on something greater than our fears.  This is where worship comes in. Fear can define our reality, but worship redefines it around that which is eternally true and unchanging – the glorious Lord Jesus who reigns supreme over all things, and who conquered death and hell.

Interestingly, it was sometimes characteristic of the battle plan of the Israelites in the Old Testament that worship was strategic in their warfare.  In 2 Chronicles 20 we read of Jehoshaphat, the godly king of Judah who was surrounded by three armies. In fear, he and his people cry out to God for help with words like these – “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  Does that sound similar to our situation? Indeed we don’t know what to do, so let us fix our eyes on God.

God responds to their prayer in verses 15-17, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s…. You will not need to fight in this battle.  Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.”

As they prepare to go out to battle, all of the people bowed down in worship and prayer, “with a very loud voice.”  And then Jehoshaphat organized his army in a very odd way – “And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever’” (2 Ch. 20:21).  Did you see that? The praise team went before the army, praising the Lord. Worship was their battle plan, and if you continue reading the story you will see how God used this to bring a great victory.

It reminds me of a song we sing at our church called “Raise a Hallelujah.”  To conclude this devotional, hear these words.

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody I raise a hallelujah, Heaven comes to fight for me

Indeed, our weapon is a melody!

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