I’d like to share with you a portion of something the Lord spoke to me some years ago. As always, His words changed me. From His heart to yours…
“Every time you have an intense trial or you wonder where I am, you must learn to quickly realize that the devil knows that something good is about to happen – that I am about to bring about some great thing into your life and he is going all-out to thwart My every plan and purpose.
“This intense time must be spent repeating My words and praising Me. This is your only way out. This is a break-through time and it must be spent concentrating on Me. The devil will do anything to bring you down and he especially preys on these intense times because he knows that, if he can get you to stop praising, then your focus is shifted away from Me and onto your problem.
“Learn to quickly see his hand at work and to even more quickly begin to praise Me more. Praise is the devil’s death-knell. (At which point, He told me to look up the meaning of knell, which means to ring in a slow, solemn way, to sound ominously or mournfully, toll, warning sound, extinction or failure of something, any sound announcing the death of a person or the end, or the sound of a bell rung slowly as at a funeral. Then, He continued.)
“Now you understand how important it is to praise Me. Praising Me brings the devil to his knees and is excruciating to his ears. When you praise Me, you bring glory to Me and he cannot stand in My glory. He intends to bring you down but I intend to bring you up – up with Me. The more intense the pain and suffering, the more intense should be your praising.”
Praise gets the attention of both God and the enemy! It becomes a two-edged sword.
After the Lord rescued David from Saul and his other enemies, David wrote, “I will call on Jehovah, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” (Ps. 18:3 Masoretic Text)
If we express that verse according to its definitions, it might say, “When I summon Jehovah by Name, Who is worthy of being celebrated in praise, I shall be safe, preserved, rescued from and have victory over my enemies!” How great is that? All because God’s glory in praise prevails over darkness!
The Lord told Moses, “When you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then blow an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.” (Num. 10:9 Ampc)
Our praise is that trumpet of alarm preparing the path for God to deliver us from our enemy.
David knew his praises of God would bring down his enemies and said to Him, “From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (Ps. 8:2 NIV)
The worst sound in the ears of the enemy is praise from the lips of one of God’s children. The enemy hates it.
I have learned to praise God no matter what. When my day is darkened with a multitude of problems that need to “take a ticket, take a seat,” and the songs of my heart begin to stick in my throat, do I still sing to Him anyway? You bet!
When my eyes spill over with the tears of heartache, do I still look to Him and praise Him? Absolutely!
When chaos invades my world, do I still claim His peace and praise Him? Yes, indeedy! For “I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of His glories and grace.” (Ps. 34:1 TLB) Amen! (Destination Thanksgiving)
How about you? Do you still praise the Lord no matter what the circumstances?
May the Lord’s intimate words seep deep within your being and rise up as the oil of praise and be poured out upon His head.
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