Exodus 15:11 (NASB) “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat was in a predicament when he heard that a vast army greater in might than Judah was coming against them. He immediately did what is expected of great leaders, he turned to God in prayer. He started out reminding God of the covenant and the promises therein, then he rounds up his prayers in verse 12 saying, “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” In response, the word of the Lord came unto them, because God had assumed responsibility for the battle, God said, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron.20:15)
The wisdom in all this was that, Jehoshaphat did something dramatic on the day of the battle, he “appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of His holiness”…the rest was history! The Bible records that God caused a confusion in the camp of the enemy because they had burst out in praise to God despite their impossible situation. They spent three days plundering the enemies camp.
In the midst of turmoil and adversity, the first thing to do is pray God’s Word, and after that praise! Praise works wonders, it provokes God to move into action on your behalf, it strengthens your faith in the midst of adversity. Romans 4:20 says Abraham was “strengthened in faith, giving glory to God”. Many times we pray and we keep praying, however there comes a point where we need to stop praying, and start praising. Do things look tough around you? Just start praising because praise works wonders.
Scriptures to Meditate: Ps. 67:5-8, Rom.4:19-22, 2 Chron.20:1-30