Go to War With Praise
Thanksgiving and praise are integral parts of prayer. When you believe you receive, then you begin to praise God for the answer. You thank God that it is done for you.
Thanksgiving and praise involve more than just speaking lovely words to God. There is power in the praise of God. Praise was ordained by God for a definite reason. It serves a purpose.
Psalms 8 and 9 point out some things about praise that every believer should know. Psalm 8:1-2 says, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”
Jesus quoted this Psalm in Matthew 21:16, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise.” He equates praise with strength.
From these scriptures, we see that God brought praise into existence. He ordained it. Why? “Because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” Praise stops Satan right in his tracks. It is a weapon we are to use in calling a halt to Satan’s maneuvers.
Psalm 9 says, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right” (verses 1-4).
When your enemies are turned back—not if! There is no question about it. Remember: We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Satan’s forces (Ephesians 6).
Whatever adversity is challenging you today, begin to praise God. Exercise this vital weapon in your warfare against Satan and his forces. Your enemies will have to turn back. They will fall and perish at your presence. And the peace and victory that Jesus bought for you will be yours.
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I praise the Lord with my whole heart. I show forth all His marvelous works. (Psalm 9:1)
Scripture Study: 2 Chronicles 20:20-30