2 Chronicles 20:17-22
17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice. 20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
What battles are you facing today? Sooner or later we will all face something that we can’t handle, a battle bigger than our brilliance and brains. When we think of war we don’t often think of worship but that is exactly what God wanted King Jehoshaphat to discover. There is tremendous power in praise so in your problems have you tried praising God? The praise of the Almighty is what “ambushed” his enemies. When we start worshiping God, it’s amazing what starts happening. Worship that wins involves:
Today we live in a “go get something done” world and we view waiting as wasting. Yet the focus is not on the waiting but the who or what we are waiting on. Why does our Worship need to involve waiting, because in the waiting we are reminded that:
- The battle isn’t yours.
God reminds them in verse 17“You will not have to fight this battle” So often we want to focus on the fight when we need to focus on the Father. It’s really about being faithful but we make it about feelings. It’s only as we wait on God that we are reminded of whose battle it really is, we do the waiting and He does the winning. The young shepherd boy David knew this and said in 1 Samuel 17:47 “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” Waiting is never wasted when we are waiting on God.
- Do not be afraid
This is God speaking to us, it’s a command, we are waiting not hiding, and there is a difference between waiting and wetting your pants. As we wait we need to focus on the Father not fear, this is where our faith comes from. Over 350 times the word fear is mentioned, over 60 times the Bible says, “Fear not” one for every second of every minute. Fear will never change your circumstances and fear tolerated is faith contaminated. Fear doesn’t conquer the enemy it only conquers us. God speaks to his children over and over again in His Word and in Isaiah. 41:10 He says “Fear not for I am with you” in Isaiah 41:13 He says “Fear not for I will help you” in Isaiah 43:1“Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by thy name and you are mine.” As we wait on the Lord we learn to trade our fear for faith.
- Do not be discouraged
So often the battle is lost because in our discouragement we give in, yet God wants us to know that we don’t have to be stressed out and distraught over the danger. Courage is not found in the changing of our circumstances but in our unchanging Creator.
Verse 17 says “see the deliverance the Lord will give you” As we slow down and wait we get to watch. Today we spend too much time working and not enough time watching God. Do you believe that God is working on your behalf? Our Worship need to involve watching and that means we need to:
- Position ourselves
In verse 17 they are told to “take up your positions; stand firm” Where is our position? Where should we be positioning ourselves? This was not a fixed position hiding at the back but the position of praise headed straight at the enemy’s location. Verse 21 says “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” Leading the parade of praise is the position of the worship warrior. As you face the battle would you take your place on the front line leading not with the sword but with singing to the Savior? Once in position we are to remain there, we are called to “stand firm” we must not leave the fight, Ephesians 6:13 says “When you have done everything STAND.
- Face the enemy with confidence
vs. 17 “…tomorrow go out against them; for the Lord will be with you.”
Verse 17 says “Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you” There is a difference between being confident and cocky and it has to do with who we are relying on. We are called to face our fears and when God’s speaks He speaks prophetically, we can believe His many promises, over7000 of them in the bible. Worship warriors know the One who has won the war. Where are you at, will you wait and watch, will you worship? Praise is a powerful weapon of warfare.