2 Chronicles 19:1-20; Romans 10:14-11:12; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 20:4-6
We may not face actual advancing enemy armies, but we still can experience an onslaught of spiritual enemies: doubt, fear, worry, despair–brought about in a world that could care less for things of a Holy God and those who believe in Him.
Jehoshaphat, a God fearing King of Judah, gathered his people together to encourage them to seek God when faced with a vast army that wanted to destroy them.
They prayed: “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
God heard their prayer and sent His word through the prophet Jahaziel, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17
There was one thing the people did as they marched to face the enemy–they sang to the Lord–they praised Him for the “splendor of His holiness.”
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for His love endures forever!”
As they sang, the Lord set up ambushes against the enemy; He turned them against each other–the enemy annihilated itself!
What does that mean for us?
Praising God in the face of our “enemies” certainly can’t hurt! Reflecting on the “splendor of his Holiness” keeps our eyes on Him.
God knows what “enemies” we face this day. He will fight the battle! Don’t be afraid.Keep your eyes on him– and sing!
Lord God, when facing great difficulties and armies of doubt, depression and fear overwhelm, we come to you admitting that we don’t know what to do. Help us we pray. Fight the battle. Protect us from the evil one. May we keep our eyes on Jesus and find strength to take the next step–to face the giants–and give you all our thanks and praise. May we remember that you are always with us–you will never leave nor forsake us. The victory is won–we can sing the victory song! Amen!
“Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.” Psalm 21:13