Joshua 6:13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
A shout of praise is good but you will need more than that to consistently win battles. Careful examination of the battle at the Jericho wall reveals four (4) war strategies that brought the Children of Israel victory. These strategies can be applied to your life for similar results.
Enter any battle armed with the word of God
First, the strategies that brought the Israelites victory can be seen in the way the Lord ordered the procession marching around the walls of Jericho to be structured. Leading the procession were the armed men. The strategy that this teaches is that we must go into battle armed with the word of God. The word of God is stated in Ephesians 6:18 as the sword of the spirit. The spirit of God needs something to work and that is the word of God. It was the word that Jesus used those 3 times when he was tempted to overcome Satan.
Elevate your praise and worship
Second, Following the armed men were seven (7) priests blowing the trumpet of ram’s horn. What that teaches about warfare is that we ought to stay in praise and worship. One of the reasons for David’s effectiveness as a warrior was that he maintained a lifestyle of praise and worship to that end he said in Psalms 119:164 “seven times a day do I praise thee”. Your shouts should be wrapped up in a lifestyle of praise and worship.
Take the Presence of God With You
The third war strategy that the scripture teaches is to carry the Ark of the Covenant or the presence of God into battle. The priests bearing the Ark of the Covenant followed the 7 priests who were blowing the trumpet. That was not coincidental because Psalms 22:3 tells us that the Lord lives in our praises. The continual praise of the 7 priests entertained the presence of God.
Do Not Leave Yourself Unprotected
The final war strategy was observed from the fact that at the back of the procession were armed men. The principle being taught was not to leave yourself unprotected. David and his men did not do that in 1 Samuel 30. They went to fight alongside the Philistines without leaving any protection behind and the Amalekites came and took away their wives and children and burnt where they lived. It took divine direction for them to recover all. In addition to praying protective prayers over you and your family, proactively take other necessary steps deemed wise.
All the 4 war strategies highlighted are not all encompassing, if employed they will make you more effective in waging war against the enemy.
God made you for victory, secure your victory by going into battle armed with knowledge of the word of God, maintain a lifestyle of praise and worship to entertain the presence of God in your life and never leave yourself unprotected.
Lord, you have given the required strategies that we should take when going into battle. Help us to implement them with precision and through your direction. In Jesus name, amen.