Praise: The Way to Have More Than Enough | Part Six


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The Sure Weapon Of Praise

2 Chronicles 20 (NKJV)
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah… bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.
19 Then the Levites… stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.

We all love to enjoy a good ball game every now and then. Take for example football’s Super Bowl night. All of North America gathers to watch the game, cheer and get all excited. At the end of the game, are their bills paid? Are their emotional problems solved; are their families united and blessed? No. I’m not saying watching sports is a bad thing, but if we cannot shout about the greatness of our God, and if we cannot shout about what God has done for us in Jesus, then we have no business shouting about anything else in this life. People pay good money to go see a game and shout in support of people they don’t even know. But when it comes to shouting about the God who is King of kings and Lord of lords, they complain that we are too loud.

The Bible says these people praised the Lord with a loud voice. They must have believed what the prophet of God said to them. They hadn’t even gone into battle yet, and they were already praising the Lord, shouting, rejoicing, singing. What a people! If we cannot shout, sing and dance about the truth of God’s word, and what He has done for us, we’ve got no business shouting about anything. When you praise and shout and sing and dance about the Lord, you are going to see results in your personal life. It’s going to positively affect your body, your mind, your family, and your finances.

2 Chronicles 20 (NKJV)
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever.”

Instead of putting the generals in front of the army, King Jehoshaphat put a big choir in front of them to sing! Who ever heard of going to war like that? God loves to do things in unusual ways, just so He alone will get the glory! How would you have liked to be one of the members of that choir, singing out to meet three enemy armies? That’s the way we need to face the enemies we’re facing today – the enemies of sin, sickness, lack, oppression, depression and bondage.

2 Chronicles 20 (NKJV)
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

When did their answer come? Was it when they were praying, or when they were praising? When they were praising.

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