But First, Praise

But First, Praise

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. -2 Chronicles 20:22, NIV

The rain was so heavy I had to slow the car to a crawl. The wipers flew across the windshield at high speed with no effect other than adding to the din of the downpour. My little girl, sitting in the back seat, began to sing.

Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.

The rain grew silent as her sweet, pure voice rose through the noise. Within seconds the torrents subsided, and the sun shone shyly around massive banks of cloud.

“Look, Mommy! I sang and God made the storm stop!”

Her sweet faith reminded me of my reading just that morning in 2 Chronicles. The King had appointed men to go before the army and sing praises to God. As they sang, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies and the people of Judah were victorious.

The golden sound of my daughter’s praise made me think deeply about how I approach the battles in life each day. Praise does not come naturally to me. Complaining and worry do.

But what would happen if I go into life’s battles first with praise? Can it be that simple? That we sing praises to God and He sets ambushes against our enemies, defeating them?

It’s counter-intuitive, really. When I am consumed with concern and not sure how I will face the challenge before me, I fix my eyes on God instead of me.

I will lift my voice in the storm and watch as the sun breaks through the clouds.

Lord, build a new habit of praise in me today as I face the battles of life. Amen.

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Danetta Kellar About Danetta Kellar

Danetta Kellar is a writer and speaker. Her interesting life has taken her around the globe, where she has had the privilege to witness firsthand the transformation of women from all walks of life and culture as they exchange lies for the Truth found in Christ. Her writing flows out of this rich experience and her own continual search for treasures in life’s darkness. Connect with Danetta online on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a beautiful story about your daughter praising God. Such sweet, childlike faith!


  2. Thank you, Laurie. I learn so much about faith from children. Have a lovely day!


  3. Wonderful reminder with such a sweet illustration!


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