Joshua 6:1-5 "Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”
Life and death are at stake in worship. The kingdom of darkness is our foe, stirring the flesh, the human ego and over preoccupation with personalities to suppress the supernatural surge of worship from instruments and preachers alike.
Worship is war. In Joshua 6 the famous battle of Jericho is being waged. This stronghold of the enemy needed routed by God's people to secure them in the land of promise. Unless they did it God's way, victory would elude them.
When you look at God's battle strategy, what did He prescribe? Not soldiers out front, nor the mightiest generals, but rather the priests and blowing of trumpets. These were trumpets of war used in a triumphal procession of worship.
The anointing power of God, which is the Spirit's extraordinary empowerment and illumination of His people for service, was at work through David's ministry. Isaiah 10:27 reminds us: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing."
Worship is war. As we close out today's post, I hope you can see why worship involves the declaration of King Jesus' glory and victory by His Spirit-called and empowered worshippers. May we go into worship as soldiers seeking audience with the General of our Faith. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the blood of the Lamb and the Word of testimony we shall overcome.