II CHRONICLES 20:21-22: 21And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.
22And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
WOW! What an important task that the singers were given in our text this morning. The singers actually were “positioned” in front of the army when King Jehoshaphat and the people faced national disaster against three other groups of people. Can you imagine this? What this means is that praise is powerful and can be used as a weapon of warfare! This is God’s idea. We must use every weapon that is given to us to fight our battles. We must be ready and “positioned” as choir members, soloists, and worship leaders. One more very important point that is sometimes overlooked is that the word says that the singers began to sing and to praise! Singing is a form of praise, so why does this verse say that the people began to sing and to praise? The word “praise” in its Hebrew meaning in this particular verse means “tehillah” which means a “laudation.” In other words, they were not just singing in a dry, solemn manner. They were very cheerful and loud! They added clapping!
Singers, never forget that you have a very important part to play in worship service but you also have an excellent tool for warfare! Are you using your tool?