ALWAYS PRAISE THE LORD!
"After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed some men to sing to the Lord and praise him for the splendor of his holiness, going before the army, singing: 'Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever'. singing and chanting praises, the Lord prepared ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab and the mountains of Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated "
(2 Chronicles 20.21, 22).
There is something about praising GOD, which makes Him manifest in victory for those who praise Him. On one occasion, the nation of Israel was threatened and became the target of an attack by the armies of three peoples, called Ammon, Moab and Seir. They marched with their armies against King Jehoshaphat and his people. And, it is clear, that it was a fight at a disadvantage, since there would be three armies against a small people. Jehoshaphat summoned all the people, and so they did the three things that they really should do: they sought GOD in prayer; believed the Word; and they praised the LORD. Yes, they praised GOD for winning a battle that hadn't even happened yet! That attitude shows confidence!
To praise GOD is to show confidence, to celebrate, to celebrate for what GOD IS, for what He does, for His faithfulness. "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice." This text is an order. It is not a suggestion. This means that it is my duty to rejoice in GOD. Like Jehoshaphat and his people, today, in the midst of the anguish and dread that come against me, I must rejoice, celebrate the action of GOD that will certainly come in my favor. When someone decides to rejoice and celebrate before victory happens, then GOD sees that there is real trust in Him. In this way, GOD comes, acts, delivers victory and solution, performs the miracle! It is time to decidedly and purposefully wipe away the tears, start to smile, take off the face of anguish, start to party, stop the lamentations and start to celebrate.