But You are holy, O You Who dwell in the holy place where the praises of Israel are offered (Psalm 22:3 – Amplified).
Believers have several weapons at their disposal as they fight the good fight of faith. They have the Word of God, the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, and praise and worship!
God watches over His Word to bring it to pass as the sword of the Spirit (The Word!) comes out of our mouth from our hearts in faith (Jeremiah 1:12). Demonic forces tremble when the command of faith is given in the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2: 9-11). And we overcome satanic forces by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). When we speak the Word, when we command in the name of Jesus, and when we stand against satanic opposition that comes in the form of oppression, fear or circumstance, we are sure to win the battle!
But of all the weapons in our arsenal, perhaps praise is the strongest. When praise is offered, God Almighty shows up in the atmosphere! The weightiness of God, the power of who He is, manifests when praise is uttered. The power of God’s kingdom is aroused when our praise and worship are expressed.
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were praising and worship so loudly that the other prisoners heard them as they were held in chains in the dark prison. Instead of the atmosphere of the prison invading them, they decided to invade that atmosphere of darkness with the presence of God! And their chains fell off, the prison doors were opened, and they were set free! God responded to their praise, shaking the ground under their feet, and shaking the unbelief around them that threatened their lives!
During battle, the Israelites were instructed to put Judah (which means praise) in the forefront of the combat. They would sing, for the Lord is good, and His mercy endures forever! Israel’s enemies would be defeated time after time by an unseen host of angels as Israel fought with the weapons of a new type of spiritual warfare, praise and worship!
God has not changed. He still responds to praise by pouring out the weightiness of His presence, causing unseen enemies to flee. Don’t cower down to circumstances today.
Put on some good praise and worship; worship alone in your car or at home; or make a melody in your heart to God. However you do it, go after God in praise and worship today. Pull out that weapon of praise, and allow the Lord to fight your battles. The battle is the Lord’s. The victory is ours to enjoy!