Praise Before Victory

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Singing in Bible times comes before victory. Trumpets and voices brought down the wall of Jericho. David and other kings sang psalms before going into battle. Nehemiah arranged for singers and musicians to be along the wall, making music, while the men worked. The wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt in 52 days. Even with today’s equipment and technology, that seems impossible. The salvation of the Philippian jailer and his family came after Paul and Silas sang hymns in the jail cell. The tradition of singing before battle carried over into the Civil War. Trumpeters and drummers led soldiers into war.

The greatest victory in history is the salvation of our souls. The last night Jesus was with the disciples, He washed their feet and shared in the Last Supper. “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26). Jesus’ heart was breaking. He knew His friends would desert Him. He prayed that His time of suffering and crucifixion could pass, but He submitted to the Father’s will.


Before Jesus faced betrayal, denial, beating, crucifixion and separation from the Father, He sang a hymn with His friends. As many times as I have read that verse, I never thought about how important the song was. We go to church and hear sermons, but it’s the songs we sing that ring in our hearts during the week. The victory of our salvation was preluded by the song Jesus and the disciples sang. Praise be to God!


Lord God, help us to catch the impact of every word in Scripture. Let the words penetrate the depths of our souls to your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.