Another great sermon this morning concerning Praise and Worship. Quite possibly one of the best messages I’ve heard in a long long time. You will be up on our website on tuesday evening http://www.trinitywest.org
It’s amazing how easy it is to forget the power of Praise. My Pastor taught concerning Jehosephat. Three armies came at Judah during the reign of King Jehosephat. He didn’t decided to take up arms. He decided to hit his knees. He prayed that God would deliver them from the evil armies that came their way. He realized a great truth… the battle is God’s, not ours. If we look at God’s kingdom as it is, we as Americans don’t quite understand – because we don’t have King. But take a minute to realize that God is your king, which makes you a citizen of the King. More importantly you are a citizen who is also an heir. It is who’s responsibility to go to war? The King’s… not the citizen’s. The king of Judah realized that his King… the King of kings was responsible for this battle.
He prayed and prayed. Then he decided that instead of sending the infantry forward, instead of the calvary; he sent the worshippers. The praise team took up their instruments and got in front of the line. When they started to sing and play the Lord set ambushes in their favor. All three armies were wiped out by their own hands. One fought one and the other joined in. It was an amazing victory for Judah; it took three days for the israelites to collect all the spoils from the battlefield. THREE DAYS! Jewels, Gold, Silver, Rings, Necklaces… all sorts of treasure.
God not only wants to fight your battle, but He wants to give you the spoils!
1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 He who is full loathes honey,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who strays from his home.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father,
and do not go to your brother’s house when disaster strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;
then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like
a constant dripping on a rainy day;
16 restraining her is like restraining the wind
or grasping oil with the hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who looks after his master will be honored.
19 As water reflects a face,
so a man’s heart reflects the man.
20 Death and Destruction [a] are never satisfied,
and neither are the eyes of man.
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but man is tested by the praise he receives.
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk
to feed you and your family
and to nourish your servant girls.