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Many of us do not really understand what it is to praise God and so we do not take the time that is necessary to worship Him. For those of us who know the power of praise, we do not spend enough time doing it. Our praises unto God will confuse the enemy. The Scripture reminds us of King Jehoshaphat who upon hearing that there was invading armies of three kings coming to destroy the people of Judah, set himself in fasting and prayer. When the invading armies came into Judah to begin the attack, King Jehoshaphat sent out ahead of the army of Judah the praisers who went out praising God with load voices. Because of this act of praising God, the Lord set ambush among the invading armies and caused “everyone to help to destroy each other.” (2 Chron. 20:1-30)
The devil is afraid of our praises and so he will do every thing in his power to get us not to praise God. One of his main weapons is depression. When this happens, we do not want to praise God. Depression is a demonic spirit that the devil sends to let us feel heavy, thus, instead of us confusing him, he confuses us instead. The Word of God speaks of “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Is. 61:3). Just as how we put on our physical clothing daily, so must we put on our garment of praise. As we put on our garment of praise and begin to praise God, the spirit of depression (heaviness) will flee from us. Did not James say, “Resist the devil and he will flee?”
“And at midnight Paul and Silas sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were open and everyone’s bands were loosed” (Acts 16:25-26).
We must never underestimate the power of praise; neither must we ever take our praise and worship time to God lightly. It is as we praise God that the shackles binding us are broken and the problems and distresses that have held us prisoners are removed from us. Praise will cause our enemy the devil to flee away from us in hast. We must “Let the high praises of God be in our mouths and a two-edged sword (which is the Word of God, bracket mine) in our hand…” (Ps. 149.6).
Instead of us complaining about our circumstances, we must begin to praise and give thanks in them. While Jesus was ministering to the multitudes, the people became hungry. A boy there had two fish and five loaves of bread. Jesus multiplied the meal by first giving thanks to the Father then He gave it to the disciples to feed five thousand men and women and children.
As we praise God in our circumstances, all things will work together for our good.