And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.–Joshua 6:16
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. 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.–2 Chronicles 20:21-22
God inhabits our praises. When we worship God in the house of God, it can do powerful things. It breaks things within us. It shakes foundations. It can cause mighty earthquakes.
Today, a beloved sister was distressed over her grandfather who had not eaten in several days. In his 80s, he is in a nursing home far from where she lives. We worshipped with her at the altar, praising God in the dance and shouting victory. Amazingly, he has taken a turn for the better.
When we go through things, we must praise God and pray through it. That is the weapon for fighting our battles. Jericho fell at the praise of the children of Israel. Moab fell at the praise and worship of God. When God’s children praise Him, He is there, just as surely as he was in the Ark of the Covenant and will go before us.
Praise can break burdens that we have within us as well, which helps us to move forward when things come against us. In praise is the recognition of who Jesus is and what He is able to do for us and through us, and that strengthens our faith.
Just as the walls of Jericho seemed high and strong, so some of the walls we face in our lives can seem high and unbreakable, but through continuous praise, those walls will come down in one form or another. We have to keep praising Him through the most difficult situations so that we can overcome.
So, when things around you seem rough, even unbearable, lift up your head and determine in your heart to walk through it, and start praising God and worshipping Him with all your heart, and you will see the walls come down, the battle won. In Jesus Name.
Pamela Parizo © 2017