Spiritual Warfare are those battles we are called to fight by faith against Satan and his cohorts. We are admonished to resist him steadfast in faith (1Pet 5:9) and that if we resist him, he will flee (Jam 4:7).
We see throughout scripture that what we don’t see controls what we can see. In 1Chr 21:1, we see that it was Satan that rose against Israel, in bringing the wrong thought to David to conduct the census of Israel against the Word of the Lord (Num 1:49; 2Sam 24:1), resulting in the death of seventy thousand men of Israel.
The bible has given us various instruments for winning spiritual warfare, that is, the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11-18), relocated us positionally (Col 1:13; Eph 2:6), given us the authority of Christ trampling down the works of the devil (Mat 28:18-20; Mk 16:17; Lk 10:19). God has done so much for us by grace through Christ. It’s our duty to enforce these by faith.
The thrust of our study here is the power of praise in spiritual warfare, that is, what happens when God’s children praise Him in the midst of their battles.
There are many contemporary cases that prove that there is tremendous power in praise. A young boy was abducted from his driveway not too long ago. Not knowing what to do, he began singing “Every Praise”. His abductors couldn’t make him to stop. After a while, they let him go without hurting him, glory to God.
In 2Chr 20, the people of Moab, Ammon and some Menuites came to make war against Jehoshaphat. As the state prepares for battle, the king organized a praise team to praise the Lord. As the praise began, God confused the enemies and they destroyed each other. As the prophet had predicted, Israel didn’t need to fight at all. So you see, whether you are fighting a battle or you just feel trapped on all sides, learn to praise God. You may not know the way out. But He is the way. Psa 145:3 says, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised”.
Praise is a weapon of warfare. And whilst it’s natural and easy to default to complaining and making negative declarations as the 10 spies did in Num 13, resulting in the destruction of an unbelieving generation, praise releases the power of God and makes a way when there seems to be no way.
Daniel was another man of praise. A decree had gone out to destroy anyone who prays to any other god but the king. But in Dan 6:10, we are told that Daniel went to pray and to praise his God as was his custom, for which reason he was thrown into the lion’s den but God brought him out unhurt.
Praise is truly powerful. Let us make praising God our custom and habit.