Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you!
We praise GOD with our songs and hymns at Church, in our vehicles, while working, and almost anywhere. We sing praise songs for all sorts of reasons: personal worship to GOD, singing for joy, and singing while broken in spirit, but have you ever sang to win a battle?
Let's look at 2 Chronicles 20:20-25 and read the thrilling account of a battle won through praise.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your GOD, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for HIS mercy endureth forever.
22 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.
23 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.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
2 Chronicles 20:12, 15 says that Jehoshaphat learned that a great multitude was coming against him. He turned to the LORD in prayer, "We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee." In answer to that prayer, the SPIRIT of the LORD came upon a young man and through him, GOD sent the answer: "Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but GOD's."
The enemy was a ferocious, determined marching multitude. Jehoshaphat's only armor was his faith in the message of GOD's prophet. It was not his battle, it was GOD's battle. What unique weapons of warfare! " He appointed singers unto the LORD, who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for HIS mercy endureth forever."
Did GOD's people crumble before the massive onslaughts of the enemy because they were unarmed with weapons and armed only with praise to GOD? No! It says that when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set and ambush against the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. "The enemy fought among themselves. They turned upon each other. "Everyone helped to destroy another." The valley was filled with dead bodies and "none escaped."
Wow! GOD is faithful! Jehoshaphat and his army did not have to lift a finger in battle, yet GOD fought for them and the battle was won, due the faithful praise lifted to GOD! Stay faithful, praise GOD, and remember...
There are multitudinous enemies out to hinder, attack and destroy the saints of GOD. The pressures will intensify as we draw nearer to the Second Coming of CHRIST. Satan knows his time is short, learn to praise GOD in a way that will throw the enemy into complete rout.
LORD, Teach Us To Praise.
When the battle rages and defeat seems imminent, praise will produce triumph!
GOD Bless You!
Some information taken from a Ministry of Praise Tract, and SCRIPTURE taken from KJV BIBLE.