In 2 Chronicles 20, is the story of how the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir came against the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat. It turns out Judah’s army was not only outnumbered but he and his people were filled with fear. They were so afraid that they cried onto God. Now we will expect God to give them a complete battle strategy of army positioning and the lot! Nope! God in the first instance, assured them that He would give them the victory. Then He proceeded to give them the simplest instruction – let the singers and musicians go ahead of the army – send your praise to God ahead of you.
Israel was obedient, but then I can only imagine how the whole scene played out. Judah telling the army, “okay everyone, I have spoken to God and He tells us to go into the battle singing and dancing with all instruments blazing”. The army and everyone else “What? Judah are you okay? Are you sure you heard from God? We are about to go war and you want us to go singing and dancing?” And then I imagine Judah taking time to remind them of God and who He is, boosting them up by reminding them of past victories and God’s power! They must have thought, well, we have nothing to lose and then gathered their instruments and with solid confidence loose praise and worship! I am pretty sure it would have been a scene to behold!
We know how the rest of the story played out. God gave Judah absolute victory, the enemy completely obliterated themselves and Israel spent three whole days gathering the spoils of war! Amazing!
It is interesting to know that the name Judah means PRAISE. God specifically instructed the children of Israel to send the tribe of Judah ahead into the battle field. Isn’t that something?
I believe sending praise ahead of our day and challenges, extols God higher than whatever we might be going through. Praising God especially when we see no logical reason to do so, gives us the courage, boldness and power, not only face challenges, but to sustain us through it all. Praise also raises hope and assurance within us, that our father who is more than capable will give us the victory we seek.
But guess what? That simple instruction God gave to Judah many centuries ago, He gives to us today – He is telling us to send our praises first! Send your praises to God ahead of your challenges, trouble, fears and the battles you face daily.
We all need victory reports in our lives just like Judah had, and could it be that this simple and yet profound instruction will make a way for them to be manifested?
Today, I encourage you to be radical in your praise approach. How about saturating the first parts of your day with praises to the one who created it? Like the children of Israel, send your ‘Judah’ ahead of your day, your projects, work and family, as they go about their day. Why not let your praises and thanksgiving to God go forth to break Barriers, open and close doors, release whatever is held captive, removeburdens and bring forth the victory and change your heart desires to see.
Until next time, stay uplifted, inspired and encouraged.