"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever." II Chronicles 20:21
Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. He knew the importance of making God first in his life and in his people. During Jehoshaphat's reign, his nation was under attack by three great armies. When the word of the invasion reached him, he became afraid and prayed to God for guidance. Recognizing his helpless position and determined to hear from God, he commanded his people to gather at Jerusalem for a fast. The Lord answered Jehoshaphat's prayer telling him He would defeat the enemy without fighting. Jehoshaphat trusted the Lord completely so he appointed singers to march before the army singing, "Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever." As they praised the Lord, confusion erupted in the invaders camp causing internal fighting that completely destroyed them. Jehoshaphat organized his army to carry away everything of value. Because the Lord moved in a supernatural way, the abundance they discovered took them three days to gather (II Chronicles 20:25). The battle was followed by a celebration of praise and thanksgiving to God for a great victory.
Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever is a power statement. Joyful praise and thanksgiving unleashes the power of God to work on our behalf. A great faith statement awakens the power of the Holy Spirit in you and to His truth; He is your helper every moment and for every occasion. If we continue to be asleep to the power given to us, we spend our life being controlled by situations. Failing to speak faith reduces our lives and we become victims of old age and illness (Psalm 32:3). It takes faith to praise God when things look impossible, but God has a plan for deliverance in every situation. Faith released through praise and thanksgiving opens the windows of heaven to overcome difficulty.
Heavenly Father, by Jesus Christ's name, the Holy Spirit is alive in me and I release Him to be my ability to speak forth God's Word. Holy Spirit, you perform the world I speak in faith. Thank you that I experience amazing results because of your amazing grace. I say this to be so by Jesus Christ's name. Amen.
Release the Power of God
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..." Waiting on God is a process which the Lord opens our eyes to turn to Him. Waiting on God protects us, strengthens us and deepens our confidence and trust in Him. Waiting on the Lord involves having faith in God, believing in the impossible and listening and focusing on His voice given through His Word.
"...they shall mount up with wings as eagles..." Mounting up is a change of perception. Our circumstances begin to look more like opportunities for miracles. The Holy Spirit is aroused by obstacles and sees all things as possible.
"...they shall run, and not be weary..." God's power and strength never diminish. He is our source of strength. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to live in confidence, joy, peace, power and purpose. When we feel that life is unbearable, the Holy Spirit is there to renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31).
"...and they shall walk and not faint..." Our walk is everyday life. It is the everyday walk that tests and tries. By the power of the Holy Spirit, He produces amazing results in our walk and gives us strength in all situations.
"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures..." Psalm 23:2. The discovery of green pastures is seeing the provision of God in every situation.
"...his mercy endureth forever." Psalm 118:1-4. David spoke this statement four times and then called upon the Lord in his distress before the Lord put him in a large place. Any area of your life that is not working is your distress. A large place is the discovery of God's total provision and continuous supply; abundance, supply and miracles. Lord Jesus Christ, I call upon Your name for the distresses in my life. Thank you Lord that you answer me and set me in a large place. Amen.