Prophetic Praise — Releasing The Roar of The Lion
“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion;
who shall rouse him up?
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between His feet,
until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
As Jacob called his sons together, he released prophetic understanding concerning what would happen in their lives in the last days [Genesis 49:1]. The revelations that flowed forth were not only applicable to this biological family; but, even more, a prophetic look at what would transpire and take place in the family of God. In our lesson today, we look in detail at the prophetic revelation that was spoken over Judah which is beginning to manifest in its fullness in the days wherein we are now living, “the last of the last days.” First, let’s establish who Judah really is and the significance that is related to this name.
In Genesis 29:35, as Leah gives birth to her 4th son, she declares: “Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” One of the great revelations that is imparted in this scripture is the very fact that, in the midst of rejection, experiencing hatred and feeling the absence of her husband’s affection and devotion, birth is given to true praise that brings completion to Leah’s life. [Read Genesis 29:30-35.] Praise has the ability to let us transcend above the natural problems of this world, and cause us to see into the realm of the Spirit, moving our focus to the Almighty God. We have in this story more than just the name of a son; we have the impartation that whatever cannot complete us in this natural world, praise has the ability to take us into the very presence of God.
We see this declared in Psalms 100:4: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” What many in the body of Christ don’t seem to realize is that praise is a declaration agreeing and pronouncing that –regardless of what this natural realm is trying to dictate, enforce, alter or pervert — we are already victorious and triumphant because our Father says we are. [Read Psalm 47; Psalm 92:1-4; and II Corinthians 2:14.]
As we enter “the last of the last days,” we have this prophetic promise from the book of Genesis that praise will move us into a dimension that will:
v Release help and freedom to those who are held in captivity and bondage
v Release the Hand of God that will conquer, subdue and cause seeable victory over the enemy
v Release the roar of the lion of the tribe of Judah who shall cause the Body of Christ to prevail over all the works of the enemy [see also Revelation 5:5]
v Release the anointing and power of the Spirit of God that will expedite the maturing and developing of the Body of Christ
v Release true anointed leadership to come forth within the Body of Christ that operates under the authority of Jesus and the Father
v Release judgment to come upon the operation of wickedness, and to expose the schemes, tricks and strategies of the evil one
v Release the roar of the lion of the tribe of Judah that paralyzes and puts fear and torment into the enemy’s forces
As the lion matures by operating in prophetic praise which proclaims, speaks, prophesies, decrees, declares and pronounces the Word of the Almighty God, we will also see fulfilled even more in “the last of the last days” what was stated by the pagan soothsayer Balaam when God put these words in his mouth:
“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob,
neither is there any divination against Israel:
according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion:
he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.”
Prophetic praise will break and remove the operation of witchcraft that has ruled in the Body of Christ, especially through the operation of controlling spirits. Prophetic praise will release within the Body of Christ a warrior’s mentality that will cause those who have been beat down, kept under man’s thumb, and controlled through the process of fear and intimidation, to rise up and lift themselves out of these controlling forces. There will be released within the Body of Christ divine discernment that exposes all of the works of the enemy, and great freedom will take place while this kind of praise is going forth.
Going a little further in the 24th chapter of Numbers, we see additional revelation that not only pertained to natural Israel, but also to the seed of Abraham that were redeemed and given full inheritance through the shed blood of Jesus. [See Galatians 3:13-29.] Note what is said:
“And Balaam lifted up his eyes,
and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes;
and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said,
Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty,
falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side,
as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted,
and as cedar trees beside the waters. He shall pour the water out of his buckets,
and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag,
and his kingdom shall be exalted. God brought him forth out of Egypt;
he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies,
and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up?
Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
We now know that we, the Church, are the true tent, tabernacle and house of the Most High God, as proclaimed in I Corinthians 2:9-17 and in I Peter 2:5; and that we are those trees that are planted by the rivers of water that bring forth fruit in its season [see Psalms 1:1-6]. But, also look at the powerful Word of God that declares that water shall be poured out of His buckets [vessels or containers] that will release His seed in many waters [nations and kingdoms], and the Kingdom of the Almighty God shall be exalted. We also see reference to the lion once more that is in need of being awakened and stirred up for battle, and I present to you that the voice and sound of prophetic praise is causing the roar of the lion to be awakened, felt and heard throughout the nations.
Further revelation of the roar of the lion that will come forth from Judah [praise] is also declared in Deuteronomy 33:7, when Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death: “And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be Thou an help to him from his enemies.” God hears the voice of Judah, because it is lifted up with uninhibited, unrestricted and unreserved praise; which, in turn, causes the Most High God to release supernatural help for Judah to triumph over all his enemies, regardless of who or what they are. Our praise transforms and strengthens us for battle, removing all fear and timidity; and this is why it declares in Proverbs 28:1: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” This is the very reason that satan has attempted to control music, singing, the arts, and musical instruments, due to the fact that he is attempting to counterfeit and steal the very roar that causes his kingdom to suffer total defeat. Note what it says in I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” The enemy is not the roaring lion, he is attempting to counterfeit and hinder the Church from walking in the very anointing that
afflicts permanent damage on his forces. The nature of those who are called and anointed to walk in prophetic praise is best described by understanding the nature of the lion as identified in Proverbs 30:30: “A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any.” These are they who don’t back down or turn back in the midst of adversity, difficulty, rejection, problems, trouble, hardship, or any other type of calamity; they stay consistent in offering up their praise unto the Most High God because they have been gifted with an eternal focus, rather than the temporal focus of being controlled by the realm of the natural.
Prophetic praise, as it is released within the midst of the Church, will be tested through the process of battle and warfare. I direct you to II Chronicles, Chapter 20, in order to use one of the most powerful stories of the positioning of prophetic praise to show you what must be overcome in order for the roar of the lion to be released without any restrictions. There were three enemies that Jehoshaphat encountered in his day which can also render the praisers of God ineffective today; and they are:
- “Moab” was the first enemy and it relates to “ease.” Many Christians are bound by an attitude of just accepting the status quo; therefore, their praise is void of passion and is often “lukewarm.” Don’t ever allow yourself to forget the great things that God has done for you, and never settle into an attitude of “business as usual.”
- “Ammon” means “a people.” Many Christians cannot give God outlandish praise due to the fact that they are under the control of “what will others think?” “how will I look to the people?” or “what if someone doesn’t like my expression of praise unto God?” You must break free from being a man-pleaser rather than a God-pleaser.
- The third enemy that must be overcome is the “other beside.” This is the enemy that represents all of the unexpected circumstances and problems that can bring tremendous pressure on us in an attempt to shift our focus from releasing continuous praise unto the Most High God.
How do we overcome the enemies that attempt to move us into becoming lukewarm; controlled by the opinions of man rather than the power of God; and the unexpected circumstances and problems that are designed to steal our joy and stop our praise? We overcome these forces by yielding ourselves to rely totally and completely on the Lord our God; and to keep our focus totally on Him. As the people of Judah waited on the Lord for direction and help, the Spirit of God came upon one of the musicians and gave a specific Word that revealed that the victory was already won. We are moving out of that time of vague, generic, non-specific prophecies being spoken forth; and we are moving into prophetic utterance that speaks the specific will and plan of the Almighty God.
The strategy and blueprint is now established in Judah, and will send the singers and praisers forward first into the battle with the song and voice of prophetic praise. Prophetic praise is not based on praising God in order to get victory, but rather is released because we already have the victory. When prophetic praise is released, it also ushers in The Lord of the Battle, who is strong and mighty and able to confuse the plans of the enemy. Let me ask you this question:
Are you tired of fighting in your own ability and speaking forth empty words
that have absolutely no power and manifestation?
I challenge you to enter into the higher realm of prophetic praise that not only empowers you with the strength of God, but releases The Lord of the Battle, who will always cause you to triumph and be victorious.
The prophetic praise that releases the roar of the lion will be identified by a new song and a new sound, as well; and this new wave of the Spirit will usher in a new day of refreshing and strength within the Body of Christ. This is one of the reasons that you will see new things being used in releasing praise: such as banners of different colors releasing spiritual warfare in the heavenlies; worship dance and worship warfare that opens the heavens over us and releases the glory of God; musicians beginning to flow in anointed prophecy with their instruments just as it was in I Chronicles 25:1-7. [Read, Read, Read this passage of scripture.]
What kind of attitude and sensitivity enhances prophetic praise? The removal of preconceived ideas as it relates to praise; the changing of the guard that thinks that praise is only a prelude to the preaching of the word; and the realization that preaching many times will be released through our praise and songs of deliverance. In essence, the Holy Spirit is looking for those who would be vessels and candidates for His mighty voice to be released through their praise and worship. Maybe you will answer the call of the Spirit to become one of the praisers who releases the roar of the Lion. As you allow the Holy Spirit to prepare you to enter into this realm — through obedience; seeking His face in prayer and fasting; and dwelling consistently in the secret place of the Most High God — align yourself with other believers who are of a like mind and spirit and release your praise to the One who is worthy to be magnified and exalted.