I have been weighing two separate thoughts in consideration of what to write this morning...not realizing until just now how they are actually intertwined. Gotta love the Lord and the way He does things.
I don't think we are able to fully comprehend the power of praise when it comes to everyday life. Sure, we can sense the atmosphere shift when we gather in worship together, but should we dare to keep a song playing in our hearts and in our mouths to the Lord we may recognize the atmosphere of our own little world changing. Why?
Isaiah 30 discusses the judgment of the Lord upon Assyria:
"And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. The LORD will cause people to hear His majestic voice and will make them see His arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail. The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with His rod He will strike them down. Every stroke the LORD lays on them with His punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as He fights them in battle with the blows of His arm."
We praise as He steps in and defeats the enemy. We sing as He shows up and shows out as the Mighty Warrior He is. We choose to do as King Jehoshaphat did in a separate passage of Scripture - sending praise first - and then we watch the victory of the Lord.
Getting to the other thought that was being tossed around this morning in my heart: the Lord exalts humility. There could be a few more paragraphs in connection to this, but I won't do that to you. We know that the Lord opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, so what does that have to do with what is stated above? Pride will not allow another to fight for him - making sure that glory doesn't get shared - but humility is content with honoring and praising the true Victor of every battle.
I challenge you to seek humility and display it with constant song. Then look around and watch as the Lord defeats the enemy to the beat of your praise.
Father, we sing "this is how I fight my battles" as we lift up Your Name in song. Let that truly be our battle cry - lifting You up as You crush Satan to the tune of our song to You. Help us to seek humility, allowing You to get all glory for the victory. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 20:15-23