Victorious PraiseGloria Copeland
When he had
consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and
praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the
army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and
loving-kindness endure forever!
– 2 Chronicles 20:21
Praise precedes victory!
You can see a graphic example of that in 2 Chronicles 20. There,
the Bible tells us that a multitude of forces were marching against
Israel. The army of Israel was so outnumbered, they literally didn't
know what to do. So they fasted and prayed until they received a word
from God. "Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the
battle is not yours but God's."
Do you know what they did in response to that word? They put
together a praise choir! That's right. They appointed singers and
praisers and sent them out in front of the army! And when that choir
began to sing, the Word tells us that "the Lord set ambushments against
the men...who had come against Judah, and they were slaughtered."
When it was all over, not one Israelite had fallen--and not one
of their enemies had escaped. What's more, when they came to take the
spoil, they found so many cattle, goods, garments and other precious
things, it took them three whole days to haul it all home.
Now, that's victory! And it all began with praise.
Are you looking for that kind of victory today? Then stand up and
shout, "Glory!" After all, you're in the same situation those
Israelites were in. You have an army marching against you, but Jesus has
already defeated it. He won that battle for you on Resurrection
All that's left for you to do is trust Him and begin to praise.
Sound out those praises today. Speak them, sing them, declare them in
the face of your enemy. Once he hears them, he'll know he doesn't even
stand a chance.
2 Chronicles 20:1-22