Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Time to Sing and Praise!

This is my second post today, please read the one below, plus another one will be posted later this evening.

Praying is hard work! It not only takes time, it can take a toll on our emotions and causes fatigue! I think the enemy takes advantage of this fatigue when we are battling in prayer.

Last night I was exhausted, I went to bed earlier than usual. I guess I am still on the old time, it takes me a while to switch back after being on Daylight Savings Time.

Right before I went to bed, I had the Battle of Jericho on my mind so I looked in the bible concordance for “Battle.” I found a few other verses other than the verses in Joshua. You may want to read about these biblical battles while you are praying and fasting for our country today.

The Battle of Jericho: Joshua 6 (you may also want to read chapter 5)

The first reference on battle I found was I Samuel 17:47. I turned to it and felt the Lord was speaking to me through “the battle is the Lord’s.”

Another verse on battle in the concordance was 2 Chronicles 20:15 “The battle is not yours.” Yes, these two verses are taken out of context, but I felt the Lord was saying this to me because I was so weary and tired last night. I felt a sense of relief reading these verses. It is a spiritual battle, and the Lord uses our voices, but He is in control, and the battle is won!!

While reading 2 Chronicles 20, I had highlighted other verses that caught my eye, I want to share them with you: “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (verse 15b)

Verse 17 says: “You need not fight in this battle, station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf. O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”

Verse 19 says they stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice!

Verse 22 says “When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against (the enemy.) (all paraphrased)

Okay, people, let’s start singing and praising!! Sing all the praise songs you can think of!!

Sing and praise in a loud voice, pray out loud, read scripture out loud!

I have been reading many other accounts of battle in the bible today. I am listing some of them if you would like to read them.

Other battles: I Samuel17:47 (The Battle is the Lord’s)
2 Chronicles 20:15 (The battle is not yours)
I Samuel 17:20
I Chronicles 5:20
Psalm 18:39
Psalm 55:18
Psalm 140:7
Psalm 144:1
Isaiah 21:15
Jeremiah 50:22
Luke 14:31
Job 39:25

Let's all sing and praise God!!



Adrienne said...

Thank you for this post, Katherine. Yes, the battles are won when we sing and praise. HE is the one who fights for us. ~Adrienne~

Charlotte said...

We have been praying, we are continuing to pray and now we have voted. I read both of your posts for today. Thank you. It is so encouraging to know there are others that feel the same way we do. I will return later to read your next post. Thank you for caring.
P.S. i am writing this on Charlotte's computer so her name and picture will come up. Clif

Lipstick Republican said...

Thank you, Katherine, for this post. The Lord inhabits the praise of His people!

Cathy said...

Amen, Katherine! You and I are thinking alike. Thanks for emailing me. See the post I just posted!

char72 said...

Thank God for Fox News channel and people like you. Thank you for fighting the good fight. It's a great reminder that the battle belongs to the Lord. I haven't sang that song in a long time, but this would be a good time for it.