Praise As A Weapon

Praise As A Weapon

PRAISE AS A WEAPON

 

Hallelujah! Thank God for another week and another day. Hope yours was good? I will talk about praise as a weapon this week. Father in heaven I ask for your unction to deliver a rightly divided word of truth to your people to the detriment of the devil but to the glorious glory of your name. I ask in Jesus name, Amen

It is written in

2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”

Praise happens to be one of the weapons of warfare at the believer’s disposal

The word PRAISE comes from the Latin word “pretium”, meaning price. Prize is a variation of this word. Originally it meant “to set a great price on”. So when we praise God, we are placing a great value on Him and His acts. God sees us as His “treasured possession” (Duet. 7:6, Exodus 19:5, 1Pet 2:9), and He wants to be our Treasure and our First Love.

In the Old Testament, one of the words translated as praise is the Hebrew word halal, pronounced (haw-lal’) partly meaning to be (clamorously) foolish, as in the case of King David’s dance.( 2 Samuel 6:14)

PRAISE FOR GOD IS COMMUNICATING WHO GOD IS, WHAT HE HAS DONE, AND WHAT HE CAN DO. PRAISE IS A WEAPON AGAINST EVIL & THE ENEMIES OF GOD:

  1. PRAISE HONORS GOD – In Luke 11 (the Lord’s prayer) Jesus taught us to begin prayer with praise in order to honor and glorify God. Psalm 29:2 tells us to give God the glory that is due Him. Praise helps us to focus on God, and who He is, and His greatness.
  1. PRAISE HELPS US FOCUS ON GOD Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. As we praise Him we raise up a throne or structure for Him to fill (2 Chronicles. 5:13). Praise sensitizes us to God’s presence, and helps us take our focus off of ourselves and onto Him.
  1. PRAISE HELPS US TO KNOW GOD – It helps us to focus on His character and His attributes. As we praise Him we rehearse our knowledge of Him, and we come to know Him as what we praise Him to be.
  1. PRAISE BREAKS THE ENEMY’S OPPRESSION – In Acts 16:25,26 Paul and Silas praised God and the doors in the prison they were in were opened and they escaped. Praise lifts us out of oppression, and also helps us out of our self-centered ways.
  1. PRAISE CONFUSES THE FORCES OF EVIL – The power of praise in battles is shown in 2 Chronicles. 20, who has ever heard of a choir going to war? But we are talking about a God that cannot be bottled here. The “Panto kratos” (The Lord God Almighty) Hallelujah! In response to God’s instructions, Jehoshaphat got an “army” of singers to go face the arsenals of the enemy while in praise of God. The rest is history. It was a walk over. The children of Israel did not swing a single sword nor was a single arrow shot but got sweet victory. In Psalm 8:2, and Psalm 149:5-9. Praise helps us to focus on God and realize our need for Him, and thus turn the battle over to Him. When we do this, God will then bring victory. This makes praise and prayer and dependence on God great weapons in spiritual battles.

 

“And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me;

and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing,

yes, I will sing praises to the Lord” – Psalm 27:6.

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