Sunday, February 25, 2018
Read : 2 Chronicles 20
Thoughts from: Valerie Hires
King Jehoshaphat was terrified when he learned that enemy armies were headed to attack Judah. He immediately called on the people including children (v.13) to pray and fast and seek the Lord’s guidance. God assured them through a prophet (v.15) “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this might army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
When it was time to face off and the fighting men stood armed and ready, King Jehoshaphat appointed a choir of singers to lead them into battle (v.21). Their voices rang out in praise, proclaiming God’s love and faithfulness before a single enemy had been slain!
They didn’t know that the Lord would cause the enemy armies to turn on each other “at the very moment they began to sing and give praise” (v.22). They had secured the victory by lifting their voices in confident praise—the mighty warriors didn’t even lift a hand!
Satan also knows the power of godly praise and worship. He is in a battle for our minds and watches closely how we choose to respond to our circumstances. When we respond in faith, trusting and praising God regardless of our situation, we have victory over our enemy. Victory can be ours for a song!
Psalm 57:7 [David wrote as he hid in a cave from King Saul]
My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!
[Thoughts in part from the Beyond Suffering Bible, p. 513]