Thought for the Day # 368

 

PRAISE WINS THE BATTLE

 

 

2 Chronicles 20:20-22 (New American Standard Bible)

 

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting." 22 And when they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.

Jehoshaphat was aware that Israelís enemies had an army of greater numbers and ability than Israel.

 

He waited upon the Lord and acted as directed. He appointed singers to march in front of the army and sing praises unto Almighty God as they went to battle.

 

We have developed a strange idea about praise. Many think it is unimportant or simply a ritual of the church. Others will praise the Lord only when they feel like it or have been particularly blessed. Some mouth the words of praise without any application or emphasis.

 

Real praise is a powerful weapon of war. It confuses the enemy and moves the hand of God to action. Praise can be more powerful than Faith, in some instances.

 

Try genuinely praising God when your battle is raging against you. He will give instant support as you glorify His name in the face of your enemies. Donít be afraid to lead others into battle as you sing praises unto God.

 

Prayer:

 

Oh Lord, My God, I need to learn how to praise you effectively. You know that I love you Lord. I am thankful for my Redemption. I rejoice over your blessings and all that you do for me.

 

I find it hard to praise you in the heat of battle. Forgive me. Teach me how to really praise you when I donít feel like it. I want to glorify you in the presence of my enemies. Open my understanding in how to make my praise in song effective

as I face the battle. I pray in the all powerful name of Jesus. Amen.