The Praise God Has Chosen

This week I have been really stirred by Psalm 8:1-2

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

God has chosen that His strength will be displayed through our weakness, when we engage in praise. Literally, the passage says ‘you have ordained strength’, but we know it is referring to ‘praise’ because Jesus quoted this verse when the children sang “Hosanna to the Son of David” in Matt. 21.

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp how singing a song could have the power to overcome demonic strongholds, but that’s exactly what the Scriptures say! The LORD has ordained that His supernatural strength will be released in response to the praise of the weakest of believers! Our worship releases God’s strength that silences the enemy of our souls! That’s stunning! This doesn’t only happen in a weekend worship service. Praise will silence the enemy when we are alone at home or in the car on the way to work or school.

Here’s a simple strategy for you to practice this week: the next time you feel discouraged, overwhelmed, afraid or anxious, chose to sing a song or hymn of praise. Choose a simple one that you can easily remember; or if you can’t think of a chorus, then begin to make statements of praise to God, such as “God, you are glorious and powerful; you are loving and kind”. Begin to declare the truth of who God is, as a declaration of praise.

We often think that it is the gifted or anointed worship leader or singer whose praise will silence the enemy, but it is YOUR praise that releases the strength of God to silence the foe and the avenger!

Have a great week!

Jim Hall

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