On Sunday, Pastor Jeremy continued our series “It Is Finished” by teaching us about the tribe called praise. Sometimes in life, there are wars we are meant to fight, but other times, there are wars that God will fight on our behalf. Our only job is to stand in praise and watch Him set ambushes against the things that oppose us.
2 Chronicles 20:17 states, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” Later on, it says that Jehoshaphat appointed people to go before the army and praise the Lord. It says in verse 22, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
Some of the things that God wants to give you, you don’t have to fight for, but you just have to receive. This is a hard concept to grasp, especially for the American church. We don’t like to stand still. We like to carry our own weight and fight for our victories, but sometimes the greatest weapon we can yield is praise. God inhabits our praise, meaning He is in our midst when we praise. When He’s in our midst, our circumstances lose power over us. When we praise, we are giving glory back to God and in reciprocation, He is giving glory back to us. That’s why the enemy tries so hard to take away our praise. He knows that praise paralyzes his attacks toward us.
If you are in a battle right now, don’t be discouraged. Position yourself in a place of praise. Despite what you may think, the Lord has not left you. He always gives us a promise in the midst of our pain, but we just have to shift our focus in order to see it. We have to believe that when He said, “It is finished,” He meant it. We may not be able to see the victory that is waiting for us on the other side of our battle, but He can. He’s already seen it and has plans to prosper us in response to it. After the Lord had won the battle for the tribe of Judah, they went to collect the spoil of their enemies and they found more treasure than they could carry. The same is true for us. No matter what battle we are facing, we will come out on the other side of it with more treasure than we’ll know what to do with!