Praise your way to Victory
2 Corinthians 10:4 (AMP) The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
As you press to live right and do what God has called you to do, you will experience spiritual warfare. Opposition will come. People will come against you. Tough circumstances will pop up without much notice. However, when these things happen, know that you are not alone in the process. God is your vindicator, your very present help in a time of trouble, and your mighty deliverer! You don’t have to take matters into your own hands. Because the battle belongs to the Lord!
Jehoshaphat praised the Lord
2 Chronicles 20 gives the inspiring account of how the children of Judah were surrounded and outnumbered by three enemy nations. Then the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, proclaimed a fast throughout the land, and while they prayed and fasted, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the Levite and he spoke forth the mind of God:
2 Chronicles 20:15 (AMP) He said, “Listen carefully, all [you people of] Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: ‘Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
With those words of prophecy burning in his spirit, king Jehoshaphat consulted with the people and appointed singers unto the Lord, to march ahead of the troops, singing,
2 Chronicles 20:21… “Praise and give thanks to theLord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.”
As they sang and praised God, the power of God was activated, and their enemies were discomfited! They praised their way to victory! The fervency and vibrancy of their praise caused the angels of God to go into action and cause pandemonium in the enemy’s camp! The enemy soldiers turned their swords on each other, killing one another. By the time God’s people got to the scene the enemies were all dead! (2 Chronicles 20:22-24)
You discomfit the enemy and activate the power of God when you praise God from your spirit fervently and passionately, irrespective and independent of circumstances!
1.Praise is the song of heaven
(Luke 2:8-14).The armies of heaven began to praise the Lord as soon as Christ was born. Their song was “Glory to God in the highest!” and that is the song of heaven. In heaven, there is no trace of defeat, doubt, worry, or fear. When you praise the Lord, you connect to the atmosphere of heaven and draw the angels into your situation.
2. Praise SENDS confusion into the camp of the enemy
Praise puts the enemy into confusion (2 Chron. 20:21).Satan’s forces are united around bringing glory to him. When Jehoshaphat’s armies began to praise the Lord, it put the enemy into confusion, and the opposing armies destroyed each other.
Praise brings anguish and torment to the forces of darkness. The more you praise, the farther they want to get from you.
3.Praise releases the Holy Spirit
(Luke 10:21 NLT)Jesus “was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the “worship leader” of heaven. He orchestrates the entire universe to sing and worship God. That is why Jesus said that we could worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Isaiah said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. . . . to give me the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isa. 61:3 KJV). The Holy Spirit is released into even the darkest situations when you praise the Lord.
4.Praise releases a word of deliverance
(2 Kings 3:15).Elisha asked for a harpist to be brought so that the gift of prophecy would be released. The minstrel played, and Elisha felt the power of the Lord come upon him. He spoke out the prophetic word, and the Lord brought it to pass.
Every battle needs a “word.” Even when you don’t know what do, if you will praise the Lord, He will give you a word of instruction.
5.Praise is a declaration of faith
(Hebrews 11:30).“By faith” the children of Israel gave a shout of praise, and the walls fell down. Praise is verbal faith, because it means you believe that God is going to bring down every wall before you.
Paul and Silas praised the Lord at the midnight hour (Acts 16:25).
Their singing was a declaration of faith that God was their Deliverer. Faith can move a mountain, and a supernatural earthquake opened the doors of the jail for Paul and Silas.
Job continued to praise throughout his ordeal: “The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:21 NLT).
6.Praise releases God’s power
(Luke 10:17-21) Jesus’ teaching on praise Christ’s disciples were thrilled as they returned from their missionary journey. They had used the name of Jesus and had seen demonic spirits leave the oppressed. Jesus informed them that He had seen “Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning” (v. 18). Satan is a wicked, but defeated, foe. Heaven is triumphant over darkness.
7.Praise delivers God’s authority in our lives
Finally, Jesus taught His disciples that He had given them authority over Satan, to tread upon snakes and scorpions. Satan belongs under our feet, and this fact gives us reason to praise.
Praise is for the childlike. It’s a total dependency upon God and His victory. This is a great lesson of spiritual warfare: Never focus on earth and Satan’s power, but on heaven and God’s power.
Jehoshaphat Praised God before even knowing the outcome, these power in praising God in the midst of trouble. We might not know exactly what we are up against but we rest assured that God’s will fight for us, the choir that was set in front represented that the nation put God first. “God is ready to move on your behalf in victory but he will not do one solitary thing till you acknowledge Him”.Acknowledge God in all you do you will never go wrong.