Psalm 22:3 NHEB
3 But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.
There are times in life when we may feel so defeated that it’s hard to open our mouths in worship. The thought of praise may not even cross our minds when we’re feeling this way.
It’s in these moments, however, where we can use praise to turn our situation around. We can use praise as a weapon. Things that seem impossible are not impossible for our God. He can do all things. With praise, he can shine through our situation and do the impossible.
Our God wants to do so much for us. There are a number of stories in the Bible to show God fighting our battles while we’re praising Him. Here are examples:
Joshua 6 tells the story of God collapsing the walls of Jericho. The men marched around these intimidating walls for 6 days and then God told them to shout their praise. As they did so, God caused the wall to shake and crumble down.
Acts 16 gives us the story of Paul and Silas in prison. They waited until midnight to sing hymns and pray. As they did so, God caused the prison walls to shake and the doors to fly open.
2 Chronicles 20 is the perfect example for how praise can be used as a weapon. The Lord told the people of Judah that it wasn’t their battle. It was His. He said to have faith and to not fear. All they would have to do is praise Him during the battle and that’s exactly how it worked. They sung their praises and God fought a “vast army” for them.
These are reminders that the battle is no longer ours. This isn’t just true for biblical times. You can find many testimonies today if you search for them. They will all point to the power of praise. The battle belongs to God. We can trust that His plans are better than our own. Our job is to praise Him through it all.
I don’t know if this is exactly how it works, but it helps me to picture a wall of darkness or evil and when we praise God that darkness has to flee. God can then shine through even brighter and stronger because we chose to set our eyes on Him and not that darkness. When we don’t lift up our praises, the heaviness and depression might stick around as long as we will allow it.
Psalm 9:1 NIV
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.