In 2 Chronicles 20, we read the inspiring account of how the children of Judah were surrounded and outnumbered by three enemy nations. Then the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, proclaimed a fast throughout the land, and while they prayed and fasted, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the Levite and he spoke forth the mind of God: “And he 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.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
With those words of prophecy burning in his spirit, King Jehoshaphat consulted with the people and appointed singers unto the Lord, to march ahead of the troops, singing, “…Praise the Lord; for His mercy endureth for ever” (2 Chronicles 20:21). As they sang and praised God, the power of God was activated, and their enemies were discomfited! Their praise led them to victory! The fervency and vibrancy of their praise caused the angels of God to go into action and cause pandemonium in the enemy’s camp. The enemy soldiers turned their swords on each other, killing one another. By the time God’s people got to the scene all the enemies were dead! (2 Chronicles 20:22-24)
You discomfit the enemy and activate the power of God when you praise God from your spirit fervently and passionately, irrespective and independent of circumstances! Paul and Silas experienced this when they were imprisoned for doing the Lord’s will. Rather than gripe, complain or despair, they stirred the power of God’s Spirit through praise and were gloriously delivered. (Acts 16:25-26)
Always put this to work in your life; learn to praise God irrespective of the seemingly hopeless situation you may be facing. As you offer words of praise from your spirit and extol His majesty, you’re establishing your victory. So, in spite of that challenge or difficulty, shout His praise; and your victory will be sure.