Isn’t it amazing how great and wonderful God is! Nothing and no one can stand against Him, not even our enemies (problems).
So, is it coincidence that the Lord had me pick up where we left off on our bible reading plan? Definitely not. Rather it is a brief introduction into what I am going to be sharing in this month’s bible study – worship and Psalm 107.
2 Chronicles Chapter 20 is a mighty example of how powerful praise and worship is. Not only are we acknowledging the authority of God but also His mercy.
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, returned home after battle and the Lord showed mercy on him because some good was still found in him. However, once again another battle was quickly approaching. This time a great army had gathered against them to include the Moabites, Ammonites and some of the Meunites (Seir). There number was so great that it caused utter fear among the people of Judah, even with Jehoshaphat.
This time Jehoshaphat and all of Judah (wives and children too) gathered together and stood before the Lord. They turned to God to seek the Lord because they knew there was nothing they could do. They needed a miracle.
What is symbolic is that during this time of uncertainty King Jehoshaphat did one mighty thing- he reminded the Lord of the promise (the Word) He gave to his ancestor Abraham many years before! (2Chr20:9) “We will cry out to you because of our distress and you will hear and deliver”
The enemy was on attack mode and was determined to steal the inheritance that the Lord gave had given them. Yet, Jehoshaphat knew the promise (the Word), brought God to remembrance and God acted on it! Once God heard the word, the decree was set forth in motion. Angels were activated and things began happening in the heavenlies.
However, Jehoshaphat only could perceive what was before him. He couldn’t see what was happening in the background. So, God gave them a word. (2 Chro. 20:15) Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number , for the battle is not yours but Gods.” God went even further to assure him that he didn’t even have to fight but rather watch and see what the Lord was about to do.
King Jehoshaphat, Judah and ALL of the inhabitants of Jerusalem couldn’t do anything else but fall on their knees and worship our Mighty, Powerful, and all Wonderful Lord. With such worship came the praise. Imagine for a moment all the people in one accord, praising and worshiping the Lord. There voices rising in unity as incense to the throne room of God. Their praise lingering and circling our God as a drape on his shoulders.
The next morning as Jehoshaphat was about to go to the place of battle, he began with praise and worship. Little did they recognize that this was a symbolic action. As they opened their mouths to sing, the battle already began in the heavenlies. Like a chest player, God began moving people around. He caused the Ammonites and Moabites to turn on the inhabitants of Seir and then on each other. Their worship caused confusion for the enemy and the enemies of King Jehoshaphat were destroyed before he arrived. All he saw from the overlook was the aftermath of what God had already done.
What God did for King Jehoshaphat, He will do for us today. Time doesn’t change God. Our worship changes the atmosphere, the situation and our outcome. It doesn’t matter what you are facing. You already have the battle weapons to fight. God has equipped you with a voice, all you have to do is open your mouth and begin praising God.