ISAIAH 30:31-32: “At the Lord’s command, the Assyrians will be shattered. He will strike them down with his royal scepter. And as the Lord strikes them with his rod of punishment, his people will celebrate with tambourines and harps. Lifting his mighty arm, he will fight the Assyrians.” (NLT)
OBSERVATION: Have I discovered the Victory of Praise? I have sung songs about it, read books about it, and even taught about it – but am I daily walking in the power or praise in my life? The largest distance we ever will travel is about 12 inches. It is the distance of knowing something in our mind, and knowing it in our heart – to the degree that it changes the way we live.
Isaiah prophesied about the coming judgment of the Lord against Assyria. Assyria stands as a symbol for us of the enemy of our souls, and everything that is opposed to the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. Our victory in life has already been won through Jesus’ victory on the cross. Yet, we must enter into this victory, we must walk in this victory, and we must guard this victory!
Israel was rebuked for their misguided trust in Egypt. Earlier in chapter 30 of Isaiah, the Lord warns them of this futile alliance. There is no other source of victory in life than the victory we find in Jesus Christ. Isaiah writes,
- “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’ But the only swiftness you are going to see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!” (Isaiah 30:15-16 NLT)
Our salvation, our daily victory, is never found in our effort, or in any dependence we might have on what this world can provide. Our salvation and our victory comes when we return to the Lord through repentance, rest in the Lord through faith, and listen to the Lord with an open and honest heart. As we do this, we hear the voice of the Lord speaking,
- “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 NLT)
And what is our response to be? It is to be obedience and praise! As we wait upon the Lord, as He directs our path, and as we see Him working mightily in our life – the natural and the proper response is praise!
- “And as the Lord strikes them with his rod of punishment, his people will celebrate with tambourines and harps. Lifting his mighty arm, he will fight the Assyrians.” (The enemies of our life and our faith)
Praise keeps our hearts and minds focused upon the One who alone can bring us the victory. Praise is a mighty weapon as we proclaim the wonderful works of God, and as we verbally confess His Word. Praise is the most effective way to resist the enemy. The enemy cannot remain in an atmosphere that is filled with praise to the Most High God! Praise to the Lord broke down the walls of Jericho, defeated the armies Jehoshaphat faced, and ushered the church into the fullness of the Lord on the Day of Pentecost.
So whatever I may be facing in life – God is greater! Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world! Lord, remind me of this powerful truth today. Let me run to You, rest in You, and listen to You. And, as You speak – may I obey and offer You the SACRIFICE OF PRAISE!
In Jesus Name!