The Weapon of Praise

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

 

For the last couple of days we’ve talked about spiritual warfare being two parts: 1) standing in the gap before God asking Him to intervene in the life of yourself or someone else; and 2) fighting against the enemy to defeat his plan of destruction in your life or the life of someone else. Now, I want to talk with you about the weapons that God has given us to fight these battles.

 

Psalm 149:5-9 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains of iron; To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!

 

In this portion of scripture the Lord gives us a couple of weapons to use in winning the battle. Praise in our mouths and the Word, noted as a two-edged sword, both go together to win the battle. Things in the old Testament are types and shadows of things in the New Testament. I want to talk this morning about the power of praise to defeat the enemy.

 

We see a good example of how praise defeats the enemy in people’s lives in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. The Israelites were being attacked by some of their enemies so King Jehoshaphat called a for a fast and petitioned God for the plan of attack to use in defeating their enemies. God’s answer to them was “Do not be afraid….for the battle is not yours, but God’s. He told them they would have to go down against the enemy, but that they would not have to fight. So as they went down against their enemies they went singing and praising the Lord and this is how the battle went:

 

2 Chronicles 20:20-22 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe the prophets, and you shall prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

 

When you go on to read the remainder of that story you find that the enemy was confused when they came out against them praising the Lord. In their confusion they began to fight each other instead of the Israelites, and wound up killing those who were on their side instead of the Israelites. Praise coming from the mouth of a believer silences the enemy and strengthens the believer.

 

Praise as described in Psalm 149:5-9 binds the enemy with chains and fetters of iron! Praise confuses the enemy and renders him powerless! When you praise during the battle you are acknowledging God as being bigger than what is coming against you. Magnifying the Lord gives Him the place of pre-eminence that He deserves and minimizes the power of the enemy. As you praise the Lord you will feel yourself being built up, strengthened and empowered! Sometimes the battle seems so great that you don’t know how you could possibly take your eyes off the wind and waves of the storm to focus on the Lord, but Hebrews 13:15 says that we should continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God! You see, God sees praise coming from us in the midst of our storms as being an offering unto Him. It pleases Him. Praise often requires that we put to death our own fears and pride so we can exalt the name of Jesus and bring honor to Him.

 

Psalm 34:1-6 gives a good understanding of how praise affects us and our problems.

 

I WILL bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.

 

When we praise the Lord through difficult times He hears and comes to our rescue. Our eyes are turned away from the problems and onto the Lord. This changes even our countenance. We see things differently. God is exalted and our problems are minimized. It is when we release our fears and emotional ties to the problems that God is able to move in and change us and our situations.

 

I remember a time when I was walking through a storm that concerned my daughter and granddaughter. They were in the midst of a battle for custody of my granddaughter with her father. He was into drugs and dog fighting and lived in an atmosphere that would not have been the best for my granddaughter to be raised in. It was hard for me to take my eyes off the battle and look to the Lord, but at His direction I did. I began to praise the Lord for His intervention in this situation and the day came when my daughter was to go to court. At the very last minute her ex-husband dropped the case. He relinquished his right to fight for custody and allowed my daughter to continue to raise my granddaughter in the ways of the Lord. This little girl was delivered from having to be exposed to drugs and dog fighting. She didn’t even have to go to court. The battle was fought by the Lord on her behalf.

 

Father, I thank You that You are bigger than any problem that we might encounter. You are greater than our enemy. You have given us weapons to fight against the enemy that are not physical or fleshly, but mighty in You for pulling down strongholds and casting out arguments or those things that try to place themselves in a higher position than You. You are greater, Lord Jesus; You are mightier; You are magnificent! Thank You for fighting these battles for us when we praise You. Thank You for defeating the enemy through our praises and for silencing His voice of fear and discouragement. Thank You, Lord, for strengthening us as we praise Your name! Worthy are You, Lord Jesus, to receive glory and honor and praise! Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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  2. Roberta Northern
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 13:58:20

    I just love your testimony of how our Lord worked in your daughters life to keep and raise her daugher in the Lord.

    We have an awesome God don’t we?

    Rejoincing in the Lord always is what is so strong on my heart for today. But it is a choice and a decision to do this.

    We have to purpose in our heart to sing praises and honor and glory to our Great Big Daddy Abba Father God by and through His Son Jesus The Christ the Miracle worker who uses us to work through just so long as we allow Him to.

    Living a stress free life means praising our Lord and rejoicing in the Lord always because it gets our focus off of ourselves and our circumstances and puts our focus on the Greatest God Ever the One and True God of Israel and Jerusalem and the Creator of all Heaven and earth and the entire Universe.

    This blog is so important and vital for our Christian walk and being over comers over all all of the time..

    I was letting my focus get wound up in all of my house work but you know what? Jesus told me my housework will always be staring me in the face.

    Relationships are the key to living life and loving people and caring for people is what counts.

    So what if I have a few messy and dirty room because eventually I will get to them.

    Thank you Avie again and again.

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    • aviesplace2012
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 21:03:05

      Bobbie, it’s my privilege and pleasure to share with you and others what I feel the Lord has spoken to me. I’m glad He is ministering to you through my blogs. Blessings to you, my friend!

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