Friday, May 1, 2015

"Foolish Weapon"

" 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 for ever."  2 Chronicles 20:21

I wish I had time to expound on this whole chapter because there are so many rich verses in it. (Take the time to read it when you have an opportunity.)  The Israelites were facing a great battle against many enemies.  The king prayed to the Lord and sought His help and counsel.  The Lord promised to be with them, to fight the battle for them and to give them victory. 

The one thing I want to talk about this morning is how the battle was fought.  It wasn't fought with swords and spears.  It wasn't fought with guns and bullets.  It wasn't fought with knifes or hand to hand combat.  It was fought with the oddest thing-- praise!    

The Lord said He would fight our battles as well.  But His weapons aren't our weapons-- they are more powerful, and they seem foolish.  Who would stand before an enemy with only the praises of God in their mouth and no weapon in their hand?  Yet, this is what Israel did and won the battle.  "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." (verse 22)

Your praise may seem like a foolish weapon, but it is a powerful one.  It confuses the enemy.  When you are facing a battle- or going through some difficulty- he does not expect you to be praising and worshiping God.  He expects you to complain, grumble, speak negatively, get angry, etc. but not praise.  Praise is so contrary to our human reactions.  It is contrary to our nature.  But praise is God's nature in us and it is faith at work.  When Job worshipped God after his tremendous trial, the devil was put to confusion, he was proven wrong, and his accusations against Job were put to silence for a season.     

If you want to rest assure that you win your battles, then first seek the Lord for guidance.  Then let the high praises of your awesome, wonderful, mighty, God who has already won the victory for you be in your mouth.

Have a great day.  Praise may be a foolish thing to do when the enemy is attacking you, but it is a powerful thing to do!

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