While I cannot recall the context of our conversation, I remember her passion. She grew animated as she shared with me her study of 2 Chronicles 20. There in the middle of the grocery store, she gave a testimony. I admired her passion, boldness, and zeal for God’s word. Last night in my daily reading Bible, this passage was the Old Testament reading for the day. The joy on her face that day quickly came to mind. Her excitement became mine. I dug into the chapter and began to take notes. I wrote down a few key phrases to use in prayer. And I heard a clear command from God, “Sing your praises to me, and I will fight for you.” In this time of unrest, let us remember that the battle is not ours. We need to keep His praise on our lips and let Him fight for us.
What Does the Word Say?
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take 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.” 2 Chronicles 20:17
- You will not have to fight this battle. Let Him fight for you.
- Take your position. Where has He told you to go? Go there.
- Stand firm and see the deliverance. Stand and watch Him win!
- Don’t be afraid. He’s got this!
- Don’t be discouraged. It will all work out according to His plan.
- Go out and face them. You still have to show up.
- The Lord will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you!
When King Jehoshaphat heard this word, he worshipped. This blew me away! He didn’t doubt. In humility, he bowed down with his face to the ground and worshipped. This. Is. How. We. Must. Respond. We worship and let Him fight for us.
Worship and Praise
Authentic worship was the response to hearing God’s word. Grateful praise was the standard that led them to their meeting. And as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies. They never had to fight. They sang and praised and went where they were told to go. And God took care of all the fighting. Afterward, the people collected the spoils from that battle for three days.
As I read the news from around the world, I feel at a loss as to what I can do. But then I read His word and receive His direction. This battle belongs to Him. My job is to take my position. To me, that means I keep working at the gym, continue serving on the worship team at my church, keep doing the radio show with my ministry partner, and watch Him win the battle. Let’s sing and praise together, and let Him fight for us!
What position do you need to take? How do you respond to His word? Where do you need your grateful praise to lead you?
Father, we give thanks to You because You are good, and Your love endures forever. You are the God of heaven and earth. Power and might are in Your hands, and no one can stand against You. May Your name be glorified. Thank you for fighting our battles. Thank You for always being faithful and never ever failing us. You alone are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.