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2 Chronicles 20:15-17 – And [Jehaziel] said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (KJV)
April 13th, 2014, was a Sunday, and the spirit of the Lord led me into worship when I was alone in my little apartment. During this time out with the Almighty Creator, I was not aware that He was preparing to save me from a bomb blast scheduled for the following day. April 14th, 2014, was a black Monday at Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. That morning, I woke up, did all my necessary obligations, and was set for work. I found myself patrolling my street from one end to the other in search of a vehicle that would take me to the office. This exercise continued for a while, and little did I know that God was delaying me to save my soul from destruction. Eventually, I was able to get a car. As we were approaching Nyanya Market, the bomb blast erupted, and many people lost their lives. If I had left my house earlier, I would have been a victim of that circumstance. I worshipped God, and He gave me victory over the bomb blast. Prayer strengthens the spirit, but praises send an invitation to God which He honours.
Today's Bible passage was a case of a victory without a fight. King Jehoshaphat appointed people to sing and to praise Almighty God, who instigated their enemies against themselves. They destroyed one another while the children of Israel watched in victory. Through praises, the wealth of the enemies was transferred to the children of Israel. The plunder took three days to collect. Praises and worship are silver bullets to victory.
Psalm 22:3 – But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (KJV)
God is enthroned in our praises, and He wants all humankind to praise Him always at all times. This is what He enjoys, and He wants us always to give Him quality praises.
Have we been battling with any serious challenge that has refused to cease? Then, let us begin to praise God in advance for giving us victory over such a stubborn situation. Let us see if God will act speedily on our behalf today. Here is a comforting Scripture that we can always hold onto for triumph:
Jeremiah 20:13 – Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers. (KJV)
When we praise, God plays the warrior.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank You for all the victories that You have given to us. Grant us Your Holy Spirit divine to enable us to praise You at all times and to become hooked on Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.