Praise is Undefeated

9th AUGUST 2022

Christ for Youth International

And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah. And they were beaten [2 Chronicles 20:22 AFV]

In 2nd Chronicles 20, we find that King Jehoshaphat’s army’s frontline was a choir that went forward singing to the Lord and praising Him for His pure splendour, and they won without lifting a finger. Amazing! He walked out confident in God’s assurances to him and Judah the day before, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!” [2 Chronicles 20:17a]

That was the day Jehoshaphat took God at His word. Their weapons were the words, “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” The adversaries turned on one other and destroyed themselves as they sang God’s glory. The children of Judah did not have to fight, as God had promised. Hallelujah!

Did you know that the Hebrew word “Judah” means “Praise”? When the children of praise handed over their war to God, He battled for them. Oh, the pointless fights we’ve waged. Your Father wants you to give Him your battles, child of God. Don’t you get tired of losing? Please hand it over. Take your place and sing your praises! And you can rest assured that God will fight your fights on your behalf.

Certainly, praising in the face of the enemy’s frightened attacks is difficult. It was also difficult for Jehoshaphat. Consider a line in Hebrews 13:15 that speaks of “the sacrifice of praise.” Praise, you see, isn’t always easy; sometimes it requires a sacrifice.

God understands the worth of a sacrifice, and there is unfathomable power in sacrificial praise.

Why are you fighting God’s battle? It is not yours; it belongs to the Lord. Return the conflict to the Lord by choosing a position of praise.

I apologise for monopolising Your battles, Father. I hand all of them over to You. Please help me to stay in praise even when I don’t want to.

Further Reading: 2 Chronicles 20, Hebrews 13:15

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