Worship is warfare
Peter Leithart writes:
Worship is not a retreat to a safe haven where we can offer praise to God in blissful forgetfulness of the challenges before us. Worship is part of the Church’s engagement with the world, one of the chief strategies in our combat. . . . When [the Lord of Hosts] is exalted in our praises, He becomes a terror to our enemies, leaves the field strewn with corpses, and makes the valley of battle into a Valley of Berecah.
Douglas Wilson writes:
So the world is not conquered with a sword. The instruments of conquest, the weapons of our warfare, are Word and Sacrament. The worship of the Church is not a religious meeting in a room, with the assembled seeking to escape from the world outside. . . . We have a battering ram about which the lords and princes of this world know nothing, and every Lord’s Day we take another swing at their gates with it. We do this as we sit down at the Table which He has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. The Church hearing the Word preached is the Church hearing the terms of conquest. The Church at the Lord’s Table is the church ruling.