“After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!’” 2 Chronicles 20:21 (NLT)

We are in an epic battle, and the enemy would have us focus on him instead of the Lord. I recall a conference where we had been invited to set up a prayer covering for six days and nights. We felt that we were to make it more worship than prayer. In fact, we knew the enemy would show up and attempt to get us to fight him instead of worshipping the Lord Most High! And demons did manifest, trying to pick a fight with the worshippers watching over the conference, but they all stayed focused on Jesus. The result was God’s presence over the conference was tangible and astounding. This whole experience ultimately changed the course of our future ministry.

As the church chooses to worship, the enemy goes into confusion and devours each other. That is what happened for Jehoshaphat. Instead of engaging the huge multitude of enemy warriors that was attacking them, King Jehoshaphat sent the worshippers out first. The result was, God brought confusion and slaughter to the enemy, and delivered Judah!

In our day, as the battle rages against us, choose to worship instead of worrying about what’s happening. Worship expresses your faith and trust in God. Even as the world rages, be still and know He is God, exalt Him among the nations (Psalm 46). Know that God has given you praise and His word as your primary weapons (Psalm 149:6). May worship be on your lips and a double-edged sword in your hand as you engage the world and battle around you!

Ask God for the grace to focus on Him throughout your day. If you are not already doing this, create an atmosphere of worship in your home by having worship music playing in the background all the time, day and night. Ask God to lift the high praise and worship level in your church.