The truth is, for us as Christians, that when we praise God who is worthy of all praise, and especially when we praise God in the midst of terrible circumstances, tremendous power from heaven is unleashed against the enemy.
Praise truly is one of the most effective weapons of our warfare. As we live to please God, and to serve Him, we firstly need to realise that we are in a battle, and we have a very real enemy. Satan and his demons have one primary goal, which is to destroy the work of God, and since they can’t launch a direct attack on God Himself, the next best thing they can do (in their way of thinking) is to attack us as children and servants of God.
They will do anything in their power to discourage and pull down Christians, to rob us of our effectiveness, and our greatest form of counter attack in the spiritual realm is to lift up our praise to God. We should praise Him day and night, at every opportunity. In fact we need to train ourselves in this way, so that our natural response to every circumstance of life is praise to God.
If you ever wanted a convincing argument that God does not want us to be sick or in pain, just think of the effects those things have on us. If we’re sick and in pain, the first thing that happens is that we lose our focus on the Kingdom of God and instead focus on how we are feeling, our symptoms and what we’re going to do about it. We can ask for prayer, go to a doctor, take medicine, or apply other means of treatment, but the fact is that it has robbed us of time, energy and focus. Sickness and/or pain robs us in some measure of our effectiveness and we may not even be able to carry on with our regular jobs, may not be able to turn up when we’re on the roster or supposed to be somewhere.
Depending on the sickness or pain, it can even rob us of the desire to witness or pray for people, and it also robs us of joy (and remember, it’s the joy of the Lord that is our strength), so if we lose our joy, we lose our strength.
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-19
So how is it that we continually praise God? This verse tells us that we should Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.
Notice that we can sing our praise to God, but giving thanks to God always, in everything, is praise – whether we sing it or speak it. And the result is – we’ll be filled with the Spirit continually.
If we are continually filled with the Spirit of God, do you think the enemy will be able to knock us out of the game? No – of course not, but he uses scare tactics to try and make us believe that he can overpower us. And once again, the remedy is praise to God.
The power of God that is available to us is astonishing, to say the least. We just need to believe God’s Word and take action in the things He is asking us to do.