Psalm 149 - Jesus Reigns: Sing It! Worship Warfare

Date: 5/16/2021
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Psalm 144:1 -     Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; Psalm 144:9 -     I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Psalm 149:6 -  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,

David is BOTH a great worshiper and a great warrior. David brought the Ark into Jerusalem to set up a place of worship (Tabernacle of David).

2 Chronicles 20:20–23 -    20 Jehoshaphat … appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir … they helped to destroy one another.

The reason for worship as a weapon of war is that we only see the tip of the iceberg.

CS Lewis Screwtape Letters: “One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not mis- understand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans.”

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)

Warfare is worship. Obedient Israel was to glorify YHWH at the Red Sea when the “LORD fought for them” (Ex 14), when the Ark of God slay Philistines and idol Dagon, when a boy with a sling crushed the serpent-clad Goliath because the battle belongs to the LORD, when Judah’s enemy Assyria was subdued by the Angel of the Lord at the prayers of King Hezekiah.

The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. (Revelation 11:15)

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more