Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo Devotional 12th August – Adopt The “Shout” Strategy

(Let Your Praise Be Loud Even in Difficult Times)

TO THE BIBLE: Joshua 6:16
“And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!””

LET’S TALK
When you study the Bible, you’d observe the different strategies God used to deliver His people from harm and also help them to great victories. In the opening verse above, for instance, you’d notice a particular strategy given to the Israelites by the Spirit of God.

There was a time the plan was for Moses to lift his hands up, and by doing so, they defeated the Amalekites. However, this time around with Jericho, God wanted the Israelites to adopt the “shout” strategy.

God instructed Israel to go around Jericho once every day for seven days, and on the seventh day, to go around the city seven times, and on the seventh time, to give a great shout, and the city walls would fall down flat! Amazing, right? There’re times that all God wants is for you to just sing and shout His praise.

Such times are not times to cast out devils; although, as you praise Him, the forces of darkness will retreat and circumstances will begin to align in your favour.

Praise is a weapon! Psalm 149:6 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Remember when Paul and Silas were locked up in the dungeon (Acts 16)? They were in a terribly desperate situation, and could have been moaning and blaming God for “forsaking” them.

Thankfully, they spent the time praying and praising God. As they praised and sang to the Lord, a mighty earthquake shook all the prison doors open, and all the prisoners’ chains were broken! Hallelujah!

It doesn’t matter how difficult the challenges might look; don’t give up! Don’t call a pity-party; adopt the praise-strategy instead. Rather than feeling forlorn, praise God profusely from your spirit, not in anticipation of victory but in victory.

Praise Him, knowing that He always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14). Praise God!

Go Deeper
2 Chronicles 20:21-22; Psalm 89:15

Pray:
Dear Father, thank you for the strategy of your Spirit revealed to me in your Word today. I will bless your Name at all times, and your praise shall continually be in my mouth, declaring your greatness in all the earth, and making known your wonders to all generations, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
ONE YEAR
Romans 14:1-23-15:1-4, Psalms 90-93
TWO YEAR
Philippians 2:1-11, Isaiah 63

Act:
Sing a new song of praise from your spirit to the Lord today.

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