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08/19/2015

Spiritual weapons: Praise

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:33

Is praise a spiritual weapon?

Yes, there are scriptures about praise as being a weapon.

Is all praise about worshipping God?

There is no contradiction between the function of praise as a weapon, and the function
of praise as worship to God. When we worship God with praise, the enemy has to withdraw.

Where in the bible can we read about praise as a weapon?

For instance, we find examples of praise as a weapon in 2 Chron. 20 and Matt. 21:16.

What does 2 Chron. 20 say about praise as a weapon?

In 2 Chron. 20 we read that the kingdom of Judah was attacked by enemy armies. King Jehoshaphat turned to God, and that is what we should do when we are under attack. God’s answer was not that the king and the people should neglect the attack, but God said they were to confront the enemy, and at the same time God declared that the battle was His (2 Chron. 20:15). When the king and the people acted in obedience to God, God’s plan how to conquer the enemy was released.

2 Chron. 20:21-22
21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.”
22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

What did king Jehoshaphat do as a response to God’s instructions?

He confronted the enemy with an armed army, and he also appointed men to walk at the head of the army singing praise.

2 Chron. 20:21
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.”

What happened when they began singing praise to the Lord?

When they began singing praise, God set ambushes against the enemy from behind.

Chron. 20:22
As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Who attacked the enemy from behind?

We know that it was not King Jehoshaphat’s army, because they stood still during the praise.

There are those who claim it was angels who attacked the enemy army. The bible doesn’t explicitly say so, but it is a very possible explanation. 2 Kings 6:17 talks about an angelic army that was invisible.

2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

We should expect angels fighting for us when we sing praises!

What does Matt. 21:16 say about praise being used as a weapon?

Matt. 21:16
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

At first glance it doesn’t seem like Jesus talked about praise as a weapon, but what He did was, He cited from Ps. 8:2.

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

What Jesus indirectly says is, when we sing praises with our mouths, God uses that as a weapon against His enemies. Our focus should be on praising God, however the praise releases the power of the Holy Spirit. That power makes the enemy flee.

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