War sticks are used in praise, worship, and warfare for the sound they produce when struck together. These sounds, sent forth in prayer and tongues creates confusion for the enemy while simultaneously rallying God’s troops. The Bible mentions the sound of war many times (A sound of battle is in the land, And of great destruction – Jeremiah 50:22). Below are a few examples:
In Judges 7, Gideon arms the 300 men in his army with trumpets and empty pitchers with torches inside. At his command, the men blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers, creating an atmosphere of havoc in the Midianite camp so that the Israelites could defeat them.
Joshua 6 also illustrates the power of sound in battle. The Lord instructed Joshua to have the army march one time around the walls of Jericho for 6 days. On the seventh day, the army, along with the priests and the Ark of the Covenant, marched around the city seven times, and on the seventh time, the priests blew the trumpets and the army gave a great shout so that the walls of the city fell and the army conquered Jericho.
In Ezekiel 37, Ezekiel prophesies as commanded by the Lord to the valley of dry bones, and a noise and a rattling sound precedes the renewal of the dry bones into a mighty army. The sound vibrated the atmosphere and ignited new life.
Sticks can also be used to set an atmosphere of praise, joy, and victory. All throughout the Psalms, David proclaims “make a joyful noise to the Lord!”
Psalm 150 – Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!