18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
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.”
22 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.
23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 2 Chronicles 20:18-23
One of the things the Lord taught me early in my walk with Him is that my praise will always get His attention. My praise also confuses the enemy coming against my life. When I choose to exalt the Lord in spite of what I’m facing, He shows up and fights my battles. I don’t have to lift a finger or run to evil places to fight my enemies. I don’t have to lose sleep over the attacks I will face in this lifetime. The Lord never said we wouldn’t face trials or weapons wouldn’t form against us. He said ‘NO weapons formed against us shall prosper.’ They are indeed going to form, but He promised us they would not prosper. Meaning the weapons will not overcome or overpower us.
I believe our praise exemplifies our faith. It confirms our belief. It shows God who our hope and trust is in Him. No matter what is coming against us, we are going to exalt Him for who He is. We know He has the final say over our situations and not what or who is coming against us. Praise is such a powerful weapon to fight against the enemy when we sing songs of praise and worship unto the Lord. The Lord releases angels to fight on our behalf in the spiritual.
We see here in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 with King Jehoshaphat, who found himself up in a battle with the people of Moab and Ammon. They sent word that a great multitude was coming to him. Jehoshaphat, a mere human, became fearful. But the Bible also said he sought the Lord. In the midst of fear, he chose to seek God. He gathered all the people of Judah together and fasted, prayed, and they praised God together. After they had sought the Lord, the Spirit of God spoke to them and reassured them the battle is not theirs, but it’s the Lord. As Christians, we have to understand any battle or fight we will ever face in this lifetime, it’s not for us to fight. Why? Because the enemy is not coming against us, he is coming against God. We are His children, and He is responsible for us. Let God do our fighting. Many of us try to fight battles and end up losing them because it was never ours to fight. We did not allow God to take His rightful place in our lives and as a result, we lost. We need to learn to give our battles to God. Let Him do our fighting. Please understand you can’t fight a ‘spirit’ in the natural, you can’t see it.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
The enemy will use others to attack us. He will manifest in others the same way God can manifest Himself through us and use us. Satan can do the same thing in someone whose heart is not right before God. So choosing to fight the person physically is a ‘no Bueno.’ Don’t square up with your neighbor or co-worker whom the enemy is using to come against you. We can’t fight back or retaliate against people who has wronged us or who is attacking us in the natural. It’s a spiritual battle only God can fight. And we do that through prayer and praise. That’s what the King did, and God showed up for him and the people of Judah.
Another thing the enemy will do is send word ahead of time that he is going to attack you. He will use fear to do it. That’s what he did with Jehoshaphat; he wanted him to know he was coming. The people of Moab and Ammon had not entered where the King dwelled, but he was already afraid. He wanted him to know he was planning to attack. Fear cripples. If you allow fear to sneak in the enemy already has the upper hand on you. The Bible said in the midst of fear Jehoshaphat called upon the Lord. He prayed, fasted, worshiped and praised the Lord. He refused to look at what the enemy was planning to do. He took his eyes off of his circumstances. Your praise will attract the presence of God in the midst of your trials. It will cause God to fight your battles for you. It will cause the enemy to flee from your life. A heart of constant praise will always keep the enemy out of your territory. As a Christian, your praise is a powerful weapon to use don’t be afraid to use it.
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