Praise Silences the Enemy
Psalm 8:2 (NIV) “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Praise and Worship are very important elements in the life of any believer. They invite God’s presence into our lives. There is something powerful that happens when we commune with the Father. It adds depth to our relationship and allows us to take the attention off of ourselves, our circumstances and our distractions.
The Psalmist here says praise builds up a stronghold against our enemies and silences him.
Often times when we face problems, we hear many voices; not just the voice of God and His Word. If we are honest, the voice of the enemy is often right there yelling at us as well. He wants us to hear his side, to feel sorry for ourselves, to react out of fear and ultimately to disengage our faith.
But that’s where praise comes in and why it is so important. When we are truly in God’s presence, we can hear His voice so much clearer than if we are operating out of our own logic and reason. When we praise, it silences the voice of the enemy. Another version of that verse says that praise stills the enemy (ESV). When the storm is raging due to the negative voice of the enemy, praise can silence and still that storm.
It’s true that God can do more in our lives in one minute, than we could do in hours, days, even years of our own striving. Why is that? Is it because God supernaturally changes the situation? Although that can be true, I think it’s much more common in those moments, that God changes us.
He changes our outlook, our perspective and our vision. As our hearts get refocused on Him, we no longer see the negative, the hardship and the overwhelming odds. Instead we begin to see Christ, and His love for us. Most of all, in these moments of spending time with the Father, He can build our faith. He can take our unbelieving hearts and change them from being hardened and doubtful to being faith-filled and hopeful.