|THE WEAPON OF PRAISE
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Nov 7 2008 08:00AM
The next great weapon of attack that follows logically after prayer is praise. In a sense, you could consider praise one
type of prayer. In the Bible, praise is frequently related to God's awesomeness or fearfulness. Praise calls forth God's
supernatural intervention and is also the appropriate response to that intervention. In Exodus 15:10-11 is found the
song that Moses and Israel sang after their deliverance from Egypt and after Pharaoh's army had been destroyed by
the waters of the Red Sea:
Note the phrase, "awesome in praises." Praise reveals and calls forth God's awesomeness and His fearfulness,
especially against the enemies of God's people.
Praise is the appropriate response by God's people to His awesomeness, to His fearful acts of war and vengeance on
mightest still the enemy and the avenger."
We see here that God has provided strength for His people against their enemies. Two words are used for the enemy.
First is "adversaries," in the plural. I (Derek Prince) believe this means Satan's kingdom, in general. These are the
principalities and powers, the rulers and authorities that are spoken of in Ephesians 6:12. The second word is "enemy,"
in the singular. I believe that refers to Satan himself.
God has provided His people strength to deal with this entire kingdom. The nature of the strength that God has
provided is more fully revealed in Matthew 21:15-16. Jesus was in the temple performing miracles, and the little children
were running to and fro, crying, "Hosannah!" The religious leaders asked Jesus to silence the children.
temple, and saying Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND SUCKLINGS THOU HAST PERFECTED PRAISE?"
Jesus answered them by quoting Psalm 8:2, but He changed the quotation a little. He gave us, as it were, His own
comment. The psalmist said, "From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou has established strength" (Psalm 8:2
NAS). Jesus said, "THOU HAST PREPARED PRAISE." So this reveals that the strength of God's people is praise.
Praise is our great source of strength.
Notice certain other things about this revelation. First, in each case it says, "Out of ["From," Psalm 8:2] the mouth."
The mouth is the primary channel for releasing our spiritual weapons against Satan's kingdom. Second, it speaks of
"infants and...babes." This means those who have no natural strength of their own, who must rely on God's strength.
hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."
He was talking about His own disciples. "Babes" are not necessarily those who are just newly born in the natural, but
they are those who have no natural strength of their own and must depend totally on God's strength.
The purpose of the use of praise as a weapon is to silence Satan. This lines up with Revelation 12:10. This passage is
a vision that has yet to be fulfilled, but it tells us a great deal about Satan's activity at this time.
and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God
day and night."
This tells us that Satan's primary activity and main weapon against us is accusations. He is accusing us continually
before God, both day and night. It occurs to me that if Satan is busy day and night, we cannot afford to be busy only in
the daytime. We must meet him day and night.
Satan accuses us to make us feel guilty. This is his main weapon against us.
You might say, "Well, why doesn't God silence Satan?" Simply, because God has given us the means to silence Satan,
and He is not going to do it for us. The means to do it is praise "OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND SUCKLINGS."
It is praise that ascends through the heavenlies, reaches the throne of God, and silences Satan's accusations against
Revelation 16:13-14 is prophetic. I (Derek Prince) will not attempt to explain how it will be worked out in history, but I
want to point out an important principle. John said the following:
beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."
The point I want to make here is that unclean satanic spirits also operate through the mouth. Praise that silences Satan
comes out of the mouths of God's people. Satanic spiritual forces are released through the mouths of those who are on
Satan's side. Out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet came unclean spirits. In a certain
sense, this indicates that the side that uses its mouth most effectively will win this spiritual war. If we do not learn to use
our mouths, we cannot win the war.
The unclean spirits are also compared to frogs. It is interesting to note that frogs only make a noise at night, and their
noise is a ceaseless, repetitive croaking that goes on all through the hours of darkness. I believe that is a very vivid
picture of something with which we are familiar in contemporary civilization - propaganda. Propaganda is often a satanic
instrument to promote false ideologies, false political purpose, or false and evil rulers. One of the great ways to deal
with these forces is praise that comes out of the mouths of God's people.
Another example of the power of praise is from Psalm 149:6-9:
This speaks of something that all God's saints can do through praise. However, that praise is accompanied by a two-
edged sword, which is God's Word. In other words, God's Word and praise must go together. Combined with God's
Word, praise becomes an instrument of judgment on kings and nations. The kings and nobles referred to are Satan's
angelic princes and kings of the unseen world. To us, God's believing people, is committed the authority to administer
on them the written sentence. In other words, we administer on them God's revealed judgment, and this privilege is
granted to all God's saints.
In I Corinthians 6:2-3, Paul said the following to Christians:
to judge the smallest matters?
We have the authority committed to us, through God's Word and through the weapon of praise, to administer God's
judgment on angels, rulers, kings, peoples, and nations. That implies tremendous power and authority.
Spiritual Warfare, by Derek Prince, Copyright 1987, Whitaker House.
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