Worship Part II - The Weapons of our Warfare (2 Cor 10:3-5; Col 3:16)
Last week we uncovered various principles of warfare from the life of Jehoshaphat. When the enemy rises up against us, what do we do? We saw three things. First, we are to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting, taking our troubles directly to His throne. Second, we are to listen to His Voice as He speaks in His Word. Third, we are to worship the Lord with prayer and psalms and, thus, go to war against His enemies.
In the story of Jehoshaphat we learn somewhat of the weapons that have been entrusted to us as the people of God. We see the weapons of fasting, prayer, the Word of God, and the Psalms being employed as Jehoshaphat goes forth against the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites. If we were to survey the rest of the Word of God, we would discover other weapons that God has given to us, things such as reason and the keys of the kingdom (church discipline).
This morning I want us to learn more about the nature of these weapons and then focus particularly on one of them – psalm singing. The goal is that we would come to love the weapons that God has placed in our hands and that we would become even more skilled in their use, that we might be good soldiers of Christ Jesus and fight the good fight.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.