From Ephesians 6:12 we know that our battle is not a physical one but rather spiritual. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In Book of Jasher and Judges we’re told that upon entering into battle Judah should always go first. Judah which means praise is the most powerful yet one of the least utilized weapons in our spiritual warfare.
…the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? And the Lord said, Judah shall go up. Judges 1:1-2
Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin? Then the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.” Judges 20:18
Let this be a reminder to you and me that our praise must always go up first. No wonder at times this praise is regarded as a sacrifice, because to succeed in battle we need to train ourselves to praise God even when we don’t want to or feel like it, and especially when it’s the last thing we want to do.