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June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

"Thank God in Advance"

“The King appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, His faithful love endures forever!’”
2 Chronicles 20: 21 NLT

So if you were sending an army into battle would you put a choir out front? Any General would have fainted. Picture this: on one side are the three enemy armies amassed to battle against Israel. Then there’s the valley where they’re going to battle.

Then there are the lowly Israelites. Jehoshaphat says, “We’re going to take those who sing and make a choir out of you and put you at the front of the army as we march into battle.” Why did he do that?

Jehoshaphat was thanking God in advance for the victory he expected Him to bring. Praise and thanksgiving are verbalized faith. If you thank God after the fact, that’s gratitude. If you thank God before the fact, that’s faith.

In response to Jehoshaphat’s faith God threw the invading armies into panic. They turned on each other. God had confused them and the Israelites saw the end result of that. There is power in expectation.

You know that insurmountable problem in your life, the one with the odds stacked against you? Will you thank God before you do anything else? That’s putting faith into action.

So the next time you’re facing an overwhelming problem, how about praising God first before you do anything else? It might actually solve your whole problem.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don