31 Days · Fightin' words · Gratitude

A Weapon of Praise

As I wrote yesterday’s post I was a bit nervous about publishing these words, Today looks like it will be an average day with no major events on the calendar or important decisions to make.  In the back of mind I wondered what may come my way after assuming my day would be “average.”  As soon as my children woke up my dreams of an “average” day disappeared like a vapor.

Immediately I engaged in battle as the boys fought me to get ready to go to school.  As I heard their complaining about their clothes I picked for them, the breakfast they didn’t want to eat, and even their refusal to go to the bathroom, instead of singing about Jesus wearing the victor’s crown, I was singing I wear the victor’s crown.  As a parent, I have been given all authority over these situations, right?

Throughout the day I experienced minor irritations, a son with an upset stomach, a dead car battery, etc.  With each moment, the Holy Spirit reminded me that praise is my weapon.  In the midst of frustration, I needed to give God praise.

In church, we hear the phrase “praise is our weapon.”  I wondered where this may be in the Bible.  I found this in Psalm 149,

May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

Our praise is a weapon for battle, a sword in our hands.

We have moments when we don’t want to hold the sword of praise in our hands though.  You know when you would rather give into the temptations to complain, to wallow in self-pity, or to lash out in anger.  Then you are reminded to turn those emotions and attitudes into praise.  Yep, you don’t want to do it.  I’m positive soldiers have moments when they don’t want to pick up their weapons and engage in the battle, but they must.  So we must praise God.  Praise is a sacrifice.  In the difficult moments we must sacrifice the tendencies of our flesh to the orders of our commanding officer who says to pray, praise, and give thanks in all circumstances.

If you continue to read the Psalm to the end, you would find more fightin’ words.  David calls out what the praise of God does to the enemy.

to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,

to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,  

to carry out the sentence written against them—    

 this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Now we know our enemy is not of flesh and blood but against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

What if we realized the power of our praise would inflict vengeance on our enemy, bind our enemy with shackles of iron, and carry out the established punishment?

Not only does our praise bring glory to our Lord, it also pushes back the enemy and binds him.

When you need some fightin’ words just begin praising the Lord for who He is and for what He has done.

I will praise the Lord at all times.    

 I will constantly speak his praises. Psalm 34:1

Need another fight song?  How about this one.