“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.”
– 2 Chronicles 20:21
In 2 Chronicles 20, the Bible tells us that a huge army was marching against Israel. Israel’s army was so outnumbered, they did not know what to do. So they fasted and prayed until they heard the direction from God: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this huge army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s” (verse 15). BTW..one of my favorite verses in the Bible!
With that Word from God, they went ahead and put together a “choir.” They appointed singers and praisers and sent them out in front of the army, and when the “choir” began to praise God “the Lord set ambushes against the men who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (verse 22).
When it was over, not one Israelite had fallen – and not one of their enemies escaped. AND, in addition to the victory, when they had come to take the goods from the defeated army, they found so much cattle, possessions, garments and other precious things, it took them three days to haul it ALL home. Now that’s my kind of a victory, and it all began with PRAISE!
If you are looking for that kind of victory then you need to be ready to shout, because you are in the same situation as those Israelites were in. You may have an “army” marching against you, but Jesus has already defeated it. He won that battle for you when He rose from the grave.
All that is left for you is to trust Him and begin to praise Him. Praise Him today. Speak, sing and shout your praise to God in the enemy’s face. Once he hears it, he’ll know he doesn’t have a prayer.
Confession for today: “I praise God today and trust Him – for He gives me the victory through Christ Jesus!”
Remember to use your words wisely. Don’t say what you have, rather have what you say!