Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Matthew 4:8-11, NIV
This exchange happened as Jesus was being tempted by Satan himself for 40 days in the wilderness. Satan offered Jesus the entire world in exchange for Jesus’s worship. As you can see, Jesus’s declaration of singular praise to God drove Satan out. Satan had to leave as Jesus spoke the Scripture (Deut. 6:13), proclaiming that worship belongs to God alone. In addition, Jesus’s declaration of worship set the heavens in motion as the Lord’ angels came and attended to (NIV), took care of (NLT) and ministered to (ESV) Jesus.
In Isaiah 14:13-14, we see that Satan was cast out of heaven because he wanted to be worshiped. He wanted his throne to be “above the stars of God” and he wanted to be “like the most high”.
Listen, beloved: every temptation Satan throws our way is an attempt to steal worship from God and redirect it to himself; stealing worship from God is his primary goal in his attacks against people. He is often persistent in his attacks, but his strategies do not change. He uses the same old distraction tactics, and when we realize that, we CAN fight back.
Because of these truths, worship is an act of spiritual warfare. Worship redirects your focus from your problems to your provider. When you worship the One True God, Satan becomes paralyzed. He MUST leave, just as he left Jesus in the wilderness. The heavens act on our behalf in protection when we worship God.
In her book, Girls With Swords, Lisa Bevere states it this way on page 173, “As you sing, the environment of your life will literally vibrate with a new frequency of expectancy, as the enemy’s progress is arrested and you are ushered into God’s presence.”
What are you struggling with today? Fear? Anxiety? Betrayal? Sickness? Conflict? Turn on some worship music and sing praises to your Creator, Father and Lover of Your Soul. Remind your soul that God always has and always will have your back despite how bleak your circumstances may feel in the moment.
Fight for your freedom to worship God, and you will bring joy and glory to the Lord, peace to your heart and trample the enemy simultaneously. Declare that He alone will receive the highest adoration of your heart, and Satan loses his leverage in your situation – in your mind, heart, attitude and perspective.