Hands To War, Fingers To Fight

20130727-214410.jpg“Praise the Lord , who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” (Psalm 144:1 NLT)

“Hands trained for war, fingers skilled for battle”, doesn’t necessarily mean someone trained for fighting in hand to hand combat, or someone skilled in bow and arrow. Not necessarily.

There is a battle ground far greater and even more deadly than any Vietnam or Armageddon. It is the battleground of the spirit realm.

Notice Paul’s reference to it: “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)

Many battles are won or lost in the unseen realm of the spirit. People understand the power of prayer; intercessory, praying in faith, and other types of prayer. Yet many believers do not know the spiritual power released through true worship. Even the simple faith act of prayerfully playing a piano can allow the Holy Spirit to join in the spiritual battle and bring a victory.

David, the kingly psalmist, waged as many successful battles through worship as he did with his sling, sword, or fist. The psalms he wrote describe his battles, won through his connection with God as he worshiped.

“For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.” (Psalm 32:7 NLT)

“I called on the Lord , who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3 NLT)

“May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise You. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear Him.” (Psalm 67:5-7 NLT)

See what happens when praise is given to God? The spiritual affects the natural.

David said, also, that “God inhabits the praise of His people.” Psalm 22:3

Moses sang a song, declaring his commitment to preparing a “habitation” for God through praise and worship. “The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2 KJV)

Much spiritual power is released through spiritual playing, as well as praying. May God anoint your heart and hands to fulfill His will in this world.

Amen!