Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 149:6, which says this:
"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand."
It is interesting how the Spirit-filled Christian churchman is both a joyful singer of praise to God, and a valiant soldier for Him. In fact, until or unless one takes up Christ's arms, he or she is no adorer of God at all, (despite all pro-tests to the contrary).
Worshippers are warriors, fighting under the banner of the Prince of Peace. Our mission is to conquer the world for our Redeemer—starting at home, rooting out sin in our own hearts. From there, the professing church is to be cleansed of hypocrisy. And from there, the fertile ground of the unconverted nations are to be brought to Jesus.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Oh, let us strive to keep God among us! What is the glory of a nation but the presence of God in His Word and ordinances?” —Thomas Watson, in his sermon, "Comfort for the Church"]