This short passage contains two vital truths about praise and how we can apply it when we face temptation or the enemy’s assault.
First, praise is the answer when wickedness and iniquity come against the believer. Temptation to sin and live wickedly will soon disappear in the face of sincere, powerful, and audible praise. This will not only bring the glorious presence of Jesus, but will drive out the desire to identify with the sinful act or thought. Psalm 18:3 says, “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” The adversary cannot stand in the face of our praise.
Second, in verse 17 the writer declares, “I will praise the LORD.” Praise is an act of the will. It is not merely an exuberance overflowing with words, but a self-induced declaration of thanksgiving, a sacrifice. The praiser chooses to praise.
No matter what you may face today, offer praise to the Lord in the midst of it. It is the best protection you can get!