“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me.” – Psalm 59:1
For a number of years, David lived under the constant shadow of his enemies. He was a fugitive on the run, and everyone was out to kill him.
Despite the threat of enemies all around, David discovered something that gave him the ability to prevail over his persecutors:
“But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning … ” – Psalm 59:16a
As day breaks, David envisions his enemies all around him; surrounding him as he hides (more than likely in a cave or some underground shelter). All alone he unsheathes his weapon … he sings. He sings? What kind of weapon is that?
This is no ordinary song that David sings. He opens his mouth and sings praises to God, praises of God, praises for God. It connected David to the Lord, and sheltered and protected him as he dwelled in God’s presence. And because this praise carries that kind of a connection, it’s powerful. So powerful, in fact, that it can win any war or overcome any adversary.
Praise and worship are some of the most reliable and formidable weapons in your spiritual arsenal. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and dismayed, worship God and see what happens. If you’re ensnared by depression, doubt, or discouragement, open your mouth to praise the Lord and watch what takes place. You will always emerge stronger and better off.
There is power in praise. David knew it, and we need to know it. Not as theory, but as a reality in our daily walk.
Think about it.