The Weapon of Praise

The Psalmist writes…

 

6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats

and two-edged swords in their hands,

Psalm 149:6 ESV

 

The praise of God is in the throats and in the hands of his people. It’s a weapon that the Lord gives victory through.

 

 

Praising the Lord is important in the life of a believer in the community life of the congregation and is important in the spiritual war we engage in together.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:2 ESV

 

I will thank you in the great congregation;

in the mighty throng I will praise you.

Psalm 35:18 ESV

 

Praise prepares the way for God to intervene!

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 100:4 ESV

 

Whether you are engaging in worship by yourself, your family or as a church body, we are to begin our engagement with God with PRAISE.

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;

make known his deeds among the peoples!

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;

tell of all his wondrous works!

Psalm 105:1-2 ESV

 

There’s something that happens in the heavenly realms when we approach God first with praise…

 

21 He is your praise.
Deuteronomy 10:21 ESV

 

1- PRAISE BRINGS THE BREAKTHROUGH TO OBSTACLES…

 

The Lord tells Joshua in Joshua 6 to march around the city for six days, and on the seventh day, while marching around the city, the priests shall blow their trumpets of rams horns and then the people shall shout with a GREAT SHOUT… not just a little ol’ shout, BUT A GREAT SHOUT! AND IT WAS SO!

 

2- PRAISE CONFUSES THE ENEMY!

 

There are times in our lives when we feel like there are many things out to get us and our spirit testifies of the spiritual war that is raging on.

 

20 And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,

 

“Give thanks to the Lord,

for his steadfast love endures forever.”

 

22 And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 23 For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

2 Chronicles 20:20-23 ESV

 

 

When we are under attack from demonic pressure and evil that surrounds us, the best thing you can do is to attack with your WEAPON OF PRAISE!

 

In times of trial it’s easy to raise up a voice of complaint rather than a voice of confidence!

 

 

 

3- PRAISE PRECEEDS PROVISION

 

24 When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the LORD. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 They came to Jerusalem with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the LORD. 29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

2 Chronicles 20:24–30 ESV

 

The weapon of praise that confused the enemy and they annihilated themselves, brought a provision to the people of Judah.

 

The scripture “25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much.”

 

When the weapon is released, through the victory God will provide for what you need…. Peace, joy, provision, etc. God will bring about whatever you need.

 

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the Lord!

May your hearts live forever!

Psalm 22:25-27 ESV

 

 

 

4- PRAISE CAUSES IMPLICATIONS BEYOND YOU

 

22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

 

Then the scripture says this…

 

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

 

 

61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,

I do not forget your law.

62 At midnight I rise to praise you,

because of your righteous rules.

Psalm 119:61-62 ESV

 

 

26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.

 

 

And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.

 

 

27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”

 

 

29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

 

35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.”

 

 

It brought about impact on the prisoners who heard them singing and praising God in such horrific condition, and with the opening of doors and loosening of chains no one left because they were changed by Paul and Silas in their condition….

 

It brought about impact on the jailer who also heard once was part of those who imprisoned them wanted to be saved and then his entire household was saved and baptized.

 

It brought about impact on those who didn’t hear but God was working on their behalf on the magistrates who once were part of the beating and imprisonment, gave them freedom.

 

 

 

Today, God wants you and I to understand the importance of the WEAPON OF PRAISE. HE WANTS YOU TO UTILIZE IT LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

 

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;

praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV

 

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,

and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:2-3 ESV

 

 

TODAY, MAKE A DECISION THAT PRAISE WILL BE YOUR WEAPON OF VICTORY IN WHATEVER YOU ARE GOING THROUGH…

 

GET IT IN YOU, THEN RELEASE IT!

 

1- PRAISE BRINGS THE BREAKTHROUGH TO OBSTACLES…

2- PRAISE CONFUSES THE ENEMY!

3- PRAISE PRECEEDS PROVISION

4- PRAISE CAUSES IMPLICATIONS BEYOND YOU

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