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.