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Pulling Out a Forgotten Weapon

I’m so thankful for the programs that recently ran on “Revive Our Hearts” (see Friday’s post) because they reminded me of an important spiritual discipline that I’ve been neglecting. Like a soldier who takes a lunch break and leaves his weapon in the barracks.

Leaving your weapon behind is always dangerous when you’re in battle! 

For years, I’ve kept a hymnal in my stack of devotional books right next to my chair where I spend the first hours of my day—but I haven’t pulled this weapon out for a long time now. I’ve been missing out on an essential element in the battle. I haven’t been singing to the Lord in my personal time with Him.

Recently I’ve been bombarded with an intense spiritual attack, but God was faithful to remind me that I haven’t been singing to Him. 

I found my old hymnal still nestled in my stack of books where it’s been quietly waiting to be used. I pulled it out and started looking for an old familiar hymn that was on my heart. I’m definitely not a soloist, and my voice is raspy early in the mornings, but as I started to feebly sing the words to Him, He met me in tender moments of worship.

This is what I sang:

[box]O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;

How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

 

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;

Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘Tis I deserve Thy place;

Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

 

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend,

For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?

O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.1[/box]

By the time I reached the second verse, I was shaken by the image described. “Mine, mine was the transgression . . .” My sin, mine, brought His deadly pain. I fell to my knees as the picture of His passion hit me full force. It brought a fresh reminder of the cross. My sins—His love, my freedom—His pain, my guilt—His gracious lovingkindness poured out in full—all of it came into close view as I worked my way through the lyrics of this ancient hymn.

Before the second verse ended, the dark oppression lifted. Why did it take me so long to reach for this weapon? How did I forget that the enemy cannot remain long in the presence of the sincere worship of Christ? He cannot bear it.

As Amy Carmichael once said, “I believe truly that Satan cannot endure it and so slips out of the room—more or less—when there is a true song.” While kneeling in my living room in worship, with a raspy voice lifting my song to Jesus, the enemy’s oppressive cloud evaporated.

Almost twenty years ago now, God used a story in 2 Chronicles 20 to open my eyes to this important element of spiritual warfare. I hope you’ll check out this chapter and consider the role singing plays in this battle. Tomorrow, we’ll walk through this passage together.

Do you use this spiritual weapon?

What song will you offer to Jesus today?

1Bernard of Clairvaux (1153)

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10 Comments

  • Barb Lange

    I will be singing loudly today! Thought of you often this past week. We were in the Houston area and would have loved to drive to come to your church, but time would not allow 🙁

    Roger and I will be speaking at a couples banquet Feb 14th. Will you pray for us to be willing and to know what God wants us to share? Blessings my friend!

  • Naomi

    Thanks, Kim for this post today. God has been speaking to me through differnet avenues regarding spiritual warfare the past few days. This post is my final confirmation. I’ve told you a few weeks ago that I had been praying for a turnaround in my marriage. Well, instead of things getting better it’s looking worst. It’s time for battle , again on my knees. Letting God do his work. I know he’s doing something, not clear what. But, I’m determine….I know that worship is my weapon! This battle is not mine, but the Lords. Can’t wait until tomorrow’s post.

    Blessings
    Naomi

  • Naomi

    Kim,

    Oh! and let me add that I’m okay with whatever God’s decides to do with my marriage because I know with Him, I win. It’s for my good.

    Naomi

  • Pauline Butler

    Kim,
    Thank you for these posts on prayer, a subject I am passionate about. There is so much power in praising our Lord. “Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee. Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. Let them flow in ceaseless praise.” I love singing these words as the prayer of my heart. Praying for you, dear Kim. ~~ Pauline

  • Vivian Etherington

    I do not use this powerful weapon in my time with the Lord in the mornings. Thank you for this post. I love to sing and I love hymns–packed with powerful theology! I am so grateful that I was raised in a generation, in a church that sang hymns. I think I will start singing out of my hymn book in the mornings!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Barb ~

    So good to hear from you! Would’ve loved to have you drop in! I am sooo excited about the opportunity for you and Roger to share with others what God has done, so thankful! Yes, I will be praying, let us know how it goes!

    Blessings ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Naomi ~

    I’m sorry that things seem to be growing worse in your marital relationship, but I am so thankful that God is speaking to you and leading you during this difficult season. Yes, the battle is His, and I pray you will be encouraged by that truth. No matter what choices your husband makes, God will never abandon or harm you.

    Praying for you now ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, dear Pauline ~

    It is such a blessing to know that I have precious prayer warriors like you interceding for me! I definitely need it, am much in need of His wisdom, grace, and strength for endurance. Thank you for always leaving such encouraging words.

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Viv ~

    I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be adding this element to your devotional time. You have a deep love and appreciation for music and I look forward to hearing how God uses this form of worship in your life!

    Blessings, friend ~