By Minister LaTrece Davis

Did you know that there is much power in praise?

When we praise, we are surrendering to the power and authority of God. Even though at times we may not feel or see victory, when we praise it is an act of faith and trust in God. Proverbs 2:7 tells us that God holds victory in store for the upright. We are put into right standing by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and so because of Jesus we have been made upright.. Jesus tells us that in this world we will have tribulations and trials but we are to be of good cheer because He’s already overcome the world for us. So our place in life is praise to God. No matter what we may go through or what we may face, our attitude should be that of gratitude, because we know that victory is ours through Christ Jesus!

2 Chronicles 20
After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)
3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the LORD for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the LORD’s help.
5 Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem in front of the new courtyard at the Temple of the LORD. 6 He prayed, “O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! 7 O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? 8 Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name. 9 They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
10 “And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them. 11 Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance. 12 O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
13 As all the men of Judah stood before the LORD with their little ones, wives, and children, 14 the Spirit of the LORD came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.
15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!”
18 Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD. 19 Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.
20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the LORD;
his faithful love endures forever!”
22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! 26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.
27 Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, overjoyed that the LORD had given them victory over their enemies. 28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the LORD.
29 When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the LORD himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. 30 So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

I have read this scripture several times, and it wasn’t until recently that the Lord revealed somethings to me.

First, even in fear the first thing King Jehoshaphat did was seek the Lord. Second, Jehoshaphat acknowledged that those armies weren’t coming against them but against God. Third, he prayed and then they waited and listened to hear what God had to say. Fourth, after God spoke, they broke out in praise and worship. And last, at the same moment that they praised and worshipped God, God was causing their enemies to self-slaughter each other. God had already told them, they wouldn’t need to fight in this battle. And so as they walked in obedience and did what the Lord called them to do (verse 16) by the time they got to the lookout point, all they saw were dead bodies.

Think of what Jehoshaphat said, “Believe God and you will be established, believe His prophets and you will prosper.” God gave them the word that they wouldn’t even need to fight in that battle. The proof of their faith was in their praise! There may be times where you do not feel like praising God. You may feel tired or even drained from all the stuff you’ve been going through lately. But know this, we are not called to walk and live according to how we feel, but we are called and ordained to live and walk by faith. Jesus already told us that He’s already conquered the world for us, He’s deprived it of power to harm us! So why are many of us trying to fight and plead for Christ to do what He’s already done? What has the Holy Spirit called told you? What has God promised you? Now have you been walking according to what you see physically, or according to what God has said and told you. Remember what the Apostle Paul said? Let God be true and every man a liar.

Back in 2001 after my physical, I was admitted into the hospital. The doctors were giving all kinds of bad news and reports. “You’ll never recover from this illness.” “You will be on medications for the rest of your life.” “After a while, you’ll experience organ failure.” At first I cried. But throughout that time in the hospital I could feel the hand of the Lord holding my hand. I didn’t understand it at the time because though I could feel someone holding my hand and could feel His presence heavily, I didn’t see anyone physically. I remember the Saturday that I was in the hospital, I was in the room by myself and I felt led to start praising God. So i got up out of the bed and I was jumping and praising God throughout that room. I felt good! So I began to confess the word of God and praise Him. I believed that I was healed and so whenever the doctors tried to bring bad news, I rejected it and confessed by Jesus stripes I am healed. Within a six month period the dosage of medicine I was on was lowered. And within a few years I was completely taken off all medications. PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I am HEALED and have been made WHOLE!

Remember that power belongs to God. You can either magnify Him with your praises or magnify those problems with your complaining. YOU CHOOSE! And you don’t have to wait until you get into a church building to praise Him. Let it be an everyday thing, for He alone is worthy! Amen.

Minister LaTrece Davis was born and raised in New Jersey but now resides in the state of Georgia. She was ordained a minister of the gospel March 2012 by her spiritual parents, Pastors Emilio and Vahlia Drakes of Christian Ambassadors Worship Center International (Turnersville, NJ). She is founder of SALT Ministries and is currently in the process of writing and publishing her first book.

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