Michael W. Smith, Christian singer and musician, penned the song, "Surrounded". The lyrics say, "It may look like I am surrounded, but I am surrounded by you...this is how I fight my battles." The chorus and repetition of these words create a beautiful symphony of voices raised as a battle cry. Congregations around the US and beyond are singing this song. It has quickly become one of my most favorite songs to sing with the body of believers.
Praise is the greatest weapon we have in battle. Praise is the weapon we fight against sickness, disease, heartache, depression, or fears. Praise is the best weapon for any battle we are up against. Praise is the best weapon for living this life as the conquerors Paul tells us we are in Romans 8. Praise is a symbol that we recognize the most significant battle we will ever face - the battle over our soul - has already been won.
Jahaziel was sent to Jehoshaphat and all of Judah to remind the people to not be afraid of the battle ahead of them. "He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
The battle is not yours, but God's.
When we walk into the battle, with voices of praise it demonstrates our understanding of who is truly fighting the battle. Praise demonstrates our confidence in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. Praise demonstrates that the army we see before us does not determine whether we win or lose. God is our victory.
Praise him in this battle, for the war is already won.
What are the battles you face today? What battles are on the horizon? You do not have to live in fear or discouragement. You do not have to be overwhelmed by the size of the battle coming against you. Remember the battle is not yours, but Gods. Remember that PRAISE is your best weapon.
I have included a link to the song, Surrounded. Whatever battle you are facing today; I pray that you sing out these lyrics and cling to the scripture. I pray you find peace and courage to move out and fight the battle with praise. I pray God opens your eyes to see the angel armies that surround you. You are not alone. You are not fighting this fight by yourself. God's got you. The battle is his and he has already won.