after posting on worship and war, i ran into jon meek at a pastor’s meeting and he explained his thinking behind this song a bit more. he also emailed me the lyrics (because my version of them was a bit off). so, before i tell you his explanation here are the actual lyrics to Yeshua Meshiach:

Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be unto You, be unto You
Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto You,
The Lion of Ju – dah

Ye – shua Me – shiach, Jesus Mes – siah
God of our fathers, we wor-ship You
Glory of Zion, the Lamb and the Lion
God of our fathers, we wor-ship You

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Al – mighty
Jesus, the same yesterday, today and for – ever!

Let the praises of Your Church be the weapons of Your war
Let the clapping of our hands cause the enemy to flee
Let the dancing of our feet shake the very walls of hell
As we worship You, as we worship You, may it be as war

jon’s thinking in this song is not so much that our worship be done with a spirit of war or with a battle-like energy, but that god actually use it as a weapon of war. in other words, in our time of worship, god goes to battle and our worship actually pushes back the enemy.

i kind of like what he’s saying here because it presents a theology of community praise that is powerful and unique from our daily, individual praise. what concerns me with this type of theology, though, is that it tends to limit worship to the singing part of our sunday morning. instead, worship is all of life – and my question is how our daily life connects to god’s offensive against the enemy?

i believe that paul sees all of life as a cosmic battle. in fact i think the battle is much fiercer outside the walls of the sunday morning service. this is where the battle is waged over souls. this is where our words and our actions draw the line between the kingdom of god and the kingdom of the world.

i’m not trying to downplay the importance of sunday morning worship, but as andy said in the comment on my last post about this (by the way, andy – i have no idea what your comment was trying to say, except for what i’m about to reference! :o) sunday worship should be pointing us more to the post-war celebration – it is a picture of the heavenly throng of voices glorifying the lamb who was slain. it isn’t perfect in the here-and-now of course, but it is hearkening us to that day and giving glory to the one who has already accomplished resurrection life for himself and for those who are united to him.

let’s not forget that christ has already crushed the head of the serpent and ushered in life for his people. the devil has been defeated. he now prowls around like a dog on a leash and has no more authority or power than god gives him.

this post is beginning to ramble, so i’m going to end it there. thanks to jon for a great song and some thought provoking metaphors.