Numbers 2:9 -- "All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were.......These shall FIRST set forth."
Throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites conquered their foes with the ultimate weapon – praise and worship. We know this because of the recorded fact that – of the 12 tribes of Israel – the tribe of Judah was the one that was usually sent first.
The very name Judah means "praise" (see Genesis 29:35). The divisions from the tribe of Judah, praising the Most High simply by moving forward together, could shatter the atmosphere of resistance before the warriors from the other 11 tribes even got to the front lines.
In the same way, we need to "send Judah first" into our own situations.
Are we facing an intimidating foe? Send Judah (praise) up against it first.
Are we not sure you can hold the territory you have conquered? Send Judah first.
Do we feel weak and worn out and confused? Send Judah first.
Lift up the banner of praise! We drop our other garments and weapons by the roadside, and move forward like Judah, giving expression to a heart that is filled with godly confidence, awe, and courage. Praise the Lord! Yes, let's just praise the Lord!
Remember, worship always precedes His presence!
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY