Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Great Victory Through Praise :

Key verse: “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 20:22).

Over the years, many Christians have missed the best of God because of their ignorance of the power of and great possibilities through praise. We are often too quick to complain, murmur, get depressed or discouraged because of some temporary challenges that confront us. We sometimes blame others or even blame God for some of the mishaps that may sometimes happen to us and thus hinder God from taking sides with us in those troubled moments or stop God from deploying invisible hosts of heaven to fight our battles for us.

In the passage for meditation today, we find the dramatic and miraculous victory that came the way of the children of Judah under the leadership of Jehoshaphat when they abandoned conventional methods of warfare and depended upon the leading of the Spirit of God. Instead of complaining and grumbling or expressing fear at the intimidating forces of the enemies that came out to fight against them, they consulted the prophets of God on how to fight the battle. Expectedly, some of them would have been shocked by the simple, Spirit-led yet supernatural method that God gave them“. 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” (verse 21).

Our victories are guaranteed when we learn to praise God and show gratitude for His mercies that endure forever.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY : God’s ways are not our ways.

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