Monday, September 7, 2009

The Silencing Power of Praise

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:2 NIV (Also see Matthew 21:16)

Satan lurks in the shadows eager to attack his prey. The ancient warrior aims his fiery arrows at those who follow the Lord in hot pursuit. We are never more a threat to our enemy and his hosts than when we seek first Christ and His kingdom. But what can we do when the enemy pursues us? God has supplied many weapons for us to do damage to the kingdom of darkness. One of the weapons in our arsenal is praise. The Scriptures say that praise silences the avenger. The avenger is the enemy of our souls – the devil. When we worship and praise our Lord in childlike adoration, God's power arrests the enemy.

James 4:7 urges us to submit to God (childlike humility) and resist the devil. The promise given with this command is that the devil will flee from us. One of the ways we defeat the enemy and his army is through passionate praise and worship. As we lift our praises to God, He looses us from the grip of satanic attack and oppression. Victory is ours as we lift high the name of the Lord. Satan and his cohorts can no longer whisper in our ears in an effort to drown out the influence of the Holy Spirit and the word of God in our lives. Demonic voices literally become mute in the presence of Spirit-filled praise and worship, and we experience freedom in Christ.

Let's praise the Father for His faithfulness and love. Let's praise Jesus for His crucifixion and His resurrection. Let's worship the Holy Spirit for being our close Companion and our true Guide. Let's exalt our God for he has given us dominion over the enemy and more importantly He has given us a place in heaven to live with Him forever. He is the one true God, and as we praise Him our evil foe flees in stark terror. Hallelujah, our God reigns!

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