Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:21

Saints of God, how blessed we are that we have victory in Jesus. Satan’s strategy is not just to wound the people of God and deprive us of our joy, but his ultimate goal is to rob our Lord of His glory. Satan does this by getting the people of God to cease praising Him. He attacks us through worldly and temporal things. He attacks us with one thing or after another. He does this to get our minds off God and fill our hearts with anxieties instead of praise.

In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat and all the inhabitants of the land which God had given the Israelites were threatened by their enemies. But the man of God reminded them of the promises of God and all the He already had done for them. He reminded them of how He delivered them from their enemies before. The people were at a crossroads, confused and did not know what to do. So the cried unto the lord saying, “Lord we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” When we remember the promises of God, our hearts will not be filled with anxieties when we are in a crisis. WE can begin our prayer with praises, and before we know it, we will be shouting. Our faith is strengthened through prayer. Whatever we attempt in this life, we first should pray to our heavenly Father, and then we will be able to recognize that our God is sovereign. Whatever He is doing He is “working it out for our good” (Rom. 8:28).

Just as the people of Israel, we too must praise our Lord before the battle is over. After the battle, the people went up to the temple to give thanks. Anywhere we praise our Lord is our “Shouting Place.” Our Lord had declared, “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. (Heb. 10:25). There is no reason to pause of hold our praise hostage until we reach the sanctuary. We readily should surrender our problems unto our Lord and immediately begin our praise to Him, and the shout automatically will flow out. Remember, the battle is not yours but the Lord’s, and He alone is fully capable of handling the problem.

This “Shouting Place” is within our hearts! Don’t lose hope; just “stand still” (2 Chron. 20:17) and stir up your praise. Reflect, remember, rejoice, then go ahead and shout before you see the victory! Just look from where the Lord has brought you. I am reminded of the words of the hymn: “It’s in my heart, this melody of love divine... I am His and He is mine.” Remember? SHOUT NOW!

Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).

— Sister Catherine Raphael