Scripture Text: Psalm 149
Memory Verse: “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2
Lesson Aim: To inform or remind us that praising God is an effective tool in the weaponry of the Christian.
It is probably safe to say that the church at large understands very well that praises exalt God. We are often admonished by our worship leaders and moderators to praise the Lord. We do it because God is good and He deserves our praise. But fewer of us praise God with the understanding that praise is a powerful weapon of warfare.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4, Paul wrote, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” We cannot use carnal weapons because “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers” (Ephesians 6:12). These scriptures tell us that this faith walk is a war.
We must understand that the Bible teaches that we, the Church, are to enter into spiritual warfare and fight with spiritual weapons; and praise is one of the weapons we must use. Praise is powerful, but as it is with any other weapon, if we use it without having a good understanding of how it should be used, it will be ineffective. God ordained our praise because of our enemies. When we praise God, we do ourselves a favor and great damage to the enemy.
Satan, is ruthless. He does not want us to prosper. He wants to strip us of our possessions, our physical and emotional health, and our spiritual inheritance. The devil has invaded many of our territories and has taken what belongs to us. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10, NIV). For the Israelites to possess Canaan, they had to go to war. To possess what is promised to us, we will have to enter into spiritual warfare. In war, we must be fully armed, and praise is one of the weapons we should have in possession.
Psalm 149:6-9 tells us that our praises can execute vengeance upon the heathen and punishments upon the people. Our praises can bind kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, and they can execute the written judgment upon them. Our high praises can immobilize the powers of darkness. They can stop the adversary from executing whatever plans or strategies he and his throng have in place. We have a weapon of warfare to drive out the forces of darkness and take possession of what God has given us.
Praise has the power to stir the heart of God and cause Him to rise up with a zeal and vengeance against our enemies. Praise creates the atmosphere for God to manifest Himself as a warrior. The Lord rises up as a mighty man of war on our behalf when we praise Him. Our praises get God’s attention. They put our Jehovah- Nissi (the Lord is my banner) in the mood to come where we are and defend us against the enemy of our souls. So, use the ready and powerful weapon of praise.
Interact with God’s Word:
- What two elements need to be present in order for our praise to be effective? Psalm 149:6 and Psalm 47:6-7
- Knowing that God has given us the privilege to use this weapon of warfare, how should we feel? Psalm 149:9 Discuss in the context of 2 Corinthians 10:4 and Ephesians 6:12.
- God needs a place of habitation in order to war on our behalf. How do we create this place of habitation? Psalm 22:3; Exodus 15:1-3
- Discuss how 2 Chronicles 20 is or is not a demonstration of this: Praise creates the atmosphere for God to manifest Himself as a warrior. The Lord rises up as a mighty man of war on our behalf when we praise Him.
- Our praises stimulate action from God. Discuss using Psalm 68:1-4; Isaiah 30:29-32, and Isaiah 42:10-13.