Joshua Chapter 6 verse 6 says:
6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”
The battle for the heavily fortified city of Jericho was crucial to the Israelites possessing – rather than visiting – the promised land.
The Lord continually told Joshua to not fear. One reason was because of the size of the endeavour and the unconventional methods of war that were to be used.
The God-given war strategy for winning Jericho involved two elements.
- 1. The Ark of the Lord which represents the PRESENCE of God.
- 2. The ram’s horn trumpets which represents the PRAISING of God
The ark went out first. Before you do anything else in battle, you need the presence of God. Without the presence of God, there is no chance of victory.
Do you “practice the presence of God”? Do you take time in prayer, in the secret place to meet with the Lord ‘face-to-face’. It is this living relationship with Jesus that is needed to sustain you through the battle.
Secondly, and following the presence of God, went the ram’s horns of praise.
Praise is such a powerful weapon. God deserves our praise regardless of the circumstances we face. Jesus said if we don’t praise Him the rocks will cry out!
That is why we need to learn to be people of praise. If we can praise God in the midst of the battle, then the victory is ours. Praise magnifies our God and minimises our problems.
The trumpets at Jericho signified the time for the people to SHOUT and it was the shout of praise which caused the walls to collapse and made victory assured.
Practice the Presence of God and be a Person of Praise to take down the Jericho battle facing you today.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the victory we have in your Son Jesus Christ! Lord I thank you your ways are higher than my ways and I submit to them today. Fill me with your presence. I love you Father! In Jesus name, Amen.
Ms. Jackson says
Joshua 6 is one of my favorite stories in the scripture. And then…the listing of Rahab in the New Testament thrills me for reasons I am really not totally sure of. Maybe because for me it is such a demonstration of the mercy and love of our God. The story of the wall means more to me than just the overthrow of Jericho. But the fact that this woman, a liar until the end, could be used by God and included in the lineage of the Christ! This fact of the Bible so speaks of our amazing Father.
Presence and Praise will now be added to those wonders about this piece of Holy text whenever I think of it. Thanks.
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
Amen Ms Jackson. I love the pictures of redemption like Rahab in the bible too. Shows if God can use them, then surely He can use me too 🙂 Beautiful!