God steps in to fight the battle…when we praise Him.

Scripture:

http://bible.com/116/2ch.20.21-22.nlt After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the lord ; his faithful love endures forever!” At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.

Observation:

Jehoshaphat faced an incredible army from the land of Edom that outnumbered Judah greatly. The king did the only thing he knew to do. He cried out to God for direction and help. The Lord told him to just show up for the battle. As they marched to the battle scene, they had singers lead the way praising God. As they sang, God caused the opposing forces to turn on each other until they were all slaughtered.

Application:

Too often we try to control what happens in our lives rather than trust God to fight our battles for us especially when we are out gunned and outnumbered. In those tough times we need to have the same mindset as Jehoshaphat did.  Praise God and just be obedient to whatever he tells us to do. When we then trust God and praise him for all he has done and is doing, then he will step in and take care of what we cannot. Remember the words of Jesus,  with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. So start praising God in whatever situation you find yourself and trust him to fight the battle for you.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for being there for me and watching out and over me. Too many times out of pride I’ve tried to handle the situation and take care of business myself rather than rely on you and your Spirit and the blood of Jesus to see me through to safety.  Forgive me for relying upon my human efforts rather than trust in your all-powerful Spirit to deliver me. I yield to you today to show the path that leads to life in you through Jesus as taught by your Spirit.  You will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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