We discussed in The Importance of Praise; Hezekiah Was Allowed To Live, At Least in Part, Because He Chose To Praise about Hezekiah’s deliverance because he was a praiser. We discussed in Speak Koine (Biblical) Greek 23 – The first part of the Lord’s Prayer is full of praise that when the Lord taught how to pray he taught us to praise God in our prayers. In this article I want to look at how praise was such a crucial part of the miraculous deliverance that the nation of Israel received when they conquered other peoples in the Old Testament times.
For a lot of people “Praise the Lord” means that after something good has happened you give praise. But the example that we see is that before Israel was delivered they praised. That makes it look more like we praise before were delivered then we just praise after we are delivered. Look at this verse:
…he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever.” And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. (2 Chronicles 20:21-22 ESV)
Here we clearly see that the people praised the Lord before the battle, not just after the victory.
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