For the struggle you face and the battle ahead, remember God inhabits the praises of His people. It’s tough to give praise in the problem but our praise is an expression of faith and a declaration of victory. It will send the enemy running in defeat. Praise needs to be a lifestyle that we live out as consistently as we breathe. Remember how concerned Jehosaphat , King Of Judah, was when informed of the huge army coming against him? Did he panic? I’m sure he did, but he went to the Lord for counsel. He knew on their own they were useless and powerless. I love God’s answer, in 2 Chronicles 20: 15 – 17: “….Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For this battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.” I love Jehoshaphat’s word to his people in 20:20:
“Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld…you will be successful.. He then appointed men to sing praise to God, give thanks and praise Him for the splendour of His holiness. Don’t you love what happened next….?
“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
The enemies became so confused they turned on their own and as God promised, He was victorious in the battle on Judah’s behalf. Their praise was sure evidence of their faith..It’s tough to praise in the thick of the battle but keep praising anyway. Let your faith arise as you live it out daily in your lifestyle.strong>
“Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”
2 Chronicles 20: 17b