Then he consulted with the people and appointed some to sing for the Lord and some to praise the splendor of His holiness. When they went out in front of the armed forces, they kept singing:
Give thanks to the Lord,
for His faithful love endures forever.
The moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated.
This is such an interesting passage as we see the musicians leading the army. Huh? It seems crazy; yet, God uses the praise of His faithful people to defeat their enemies. The praise breaks out with priestly shouting at the announcement of His promise to protect and flows into music and song. He allows us to participate in His powerful work via music and song in gracious response to His promise and in anticipation of His protection and provision. It seems almost silly that He would set the singers out front; however, since He is doing the fighting, this approach keeps the people focused on the One who is truly defeating the enemy.
Those who are appointed to praise God in music and song must be courageous and sold out to Father God. They must pursue purity and be prepared to lead out when God calls them to it. There truly is power in our praise and it is not our power. It is God’s power expressed for His purpose and His glory.