Thoughts swirled in the ol’ noggin again. In listening to the Lord’s leading for a new post, I found, in a list of blog titles and ideas, the name Hephzibah. God used this name, meaning my delight is in her, to refer to Jerusalem, which was once deserted, left desolate and forsaken, and restored to His favor (Is. 62:4).
Hephzibah was the queen of Judah (meaning praise), being married to King Hezekiah (meaning whom Jehovah has strengthened or strength of Jehovah).
Did you catch the meanings? We could say Hephzibah was the queen of praise! Oh, that we could call ourselves a Hephzibah!
Matthew Henry said, “The heart is the root, the language is the fruit.” Is the root of our heart so filled that our language-fruit is praise?
Those who reverence God will worship and praise Him, and this is where He dwells. David said to God, “But You are holy, O You who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].” (Ps. 22:3 AMPC)
The Hebrew word for dwell (enthroned in other versions) also means to inhabit, make one’s house, to marry by giving a dwelling place, and so on. Interesting, huh? Since we are the Bride, have we given our Bridegroom a dwelling place of praise?
One day in prayer, the Lord taught me that praise is also a weapon against the enemy…
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.) …
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)
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)
Praise gets the attention of both God and the enemy! It becomes a two-edged sword.
David said, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand. To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!” (Ps. 149:6-9 NKJV)
This Scripture says praise is a weapon in which to fight the enemies of God’s kingdom, binding those who oppose Him for the wrongs done to His people, and to enact the consequences of the Word upon them. This, it says, is our honor.
If this is our weapon of honor, then why, oh why, do we not use it more often?
The worst sound in the ears of the enemy is praise from the lips of one of God’s children. The enemy hates it!
Oh, Lord, You are my King, my strength. Let me be a Hephzibah…Your queen of praise!