Victory in Praise! 3
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
Praise is the best tool we have at our disposal to help us overcome any obstacle or challenge. It is a powerful tool that can bring about change in our lives. When we know how to use it as a tool of encouragement, it will confuse our enemy; it will lift heaviness from our hearts by lifting our spirits; it will make us stronger and more confident.
2 Chronicles 20 reminded us that when Moab, and Ammon, came to battle against Jehoshaphat the king of Judah and his army; the king sought the help of God and people of the land saught with God, the Bible said, God assured them that the battle does not belong to them but to God himself.
2 Chronicles 20:15 says, (Prophecy of Jahaziel) “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
The Bible said that Jehoshaphat and the army of Judah went to the war zone, and the battle was led singing worshipers, not warriors; their heart was full of praise, even when God did not instruct them to do so. Part of the instruction they received was to Position themselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD: Judah did not need to fight in this battle, yet it does not mean that they should do nothing. Instead, they took the significant step of faith to position themselves with praise and worship.
God’s promises sound interesting to hear? But what do you do when God promises you that He will fight for you? Do you stand still with pressure in your heart and let the forces of the earth drive you naught, or do you lift your head and sing a song of praise? The choice is yours. However, I encourage you to use your praise as evidence of faith. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1. Dear Father, thank you for all that you have done for me. I am so grateful for your love and mercy.
2. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”