THE POWER OF PRAISE.
2 Chronicles 20:22-23
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
Israel was a great nation, that all the countries of the world would do anything to bring them down. So, two different countries waged war on Israel. As at that time, Jehoshaphat was the leader, and being a wise leader, he consulted the Lord first when he was told about the looming war. God specifically gave him instructions on how to go about the battle; “Stand still and watch me consume your enemies”. First of all, many of us, when confronted with life’s issues, we tend to not go to God first(that’s another topic for another day).
Jehoshaphat acknowledged God and consulted Him first. He got the instruction needed for the war and he acted, in praise. Jehoshaphat approached the war in a different dimension. He approached with songs of praise unto God, saying, “Praise the Lord; for His mercy endureth forever”(2 Chron 20:21). That’s a strange way to approach a war, right? It’s just as was mentioned in about two articles ago– the foolishness of God is wiser than men(1 Corinthians 1:25). But that’s how God operates! He uses the stupid things of this world to confound the wise!(1 Corinthians 1:27) So, Jehoshaphat’s approach to the war– praising and worshipping God– got him victory over his enemies, that throughout his reign, he had rest(2 Chron 20:30).
When we face challenges and difficulties in life, we tend to overlook the power of praise. Praising in our struggles actually shows how much of trust we have in God. It literally makes the Devil mad! God already has won us the victory, all we have to do is praise Him. Besides, maturity is when we praise God the most in the toughest of times and not only during the good times. Get your praise on and celebrate your victory as though you have it already even while you’re still waiting!