The day King Jehoshaphat learned about praise & worship…

The day King Jehoshaphat learned about praise & worship…

Jehoshaphat was faced with a real problem. He was surrounded by the enemy, no way out, outnumbered…

He inquired of God what to do next:

2 Chronicles 20:2-3
New Century Version (NCV)

2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A large army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. They are already in Hazazon Tamar!” (Hazazon Tamar is also called En Gedi.) 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to ask the Lord what to do. He announced that everyone in Judah should fast during this special time of prayer to God.

Verse 12 of chapter 20 shows the humility and utter dependence of Jehoshaphat upon God:

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

He acknowledged his weakness and his need of God.

Then God answers and instructs:

2 Chronicles 20:15
New Century Version (NCV)

15 He said, “Listen to me, King Jehoshaphat and all you people living in Judah and Jerusalem. The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this large army. The battle is not your battle, it is God’s.

17 You won’t need to fight in this battle. Just stand strong in your places, and you will see the Lord save you. Judah and Jerusalem, don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord is with you. So go out against those people tomorrow.’”

God instructed the praise & worship team to be set in front of the army so that the enemy will be greeted by the singers before they see the soldiers. This does not make any sense in the natural. Yet, God had a plan. He always does.

2 Chronicles 20:21-22
New Century Version (NCV)

21 Jehoshaphat listened to the people’s advice. Then he chose men to be singers to the Lord, to praise him because he is holy and wonderful. As they marched in front of the army, they said,

“Thank the Lord,
    because his love continues forever.”

22 As they began to sing and praise God, the Lord set ambushes for the people of Ammon, Moab, and Edom who had come to attack Judah. And they were defeated.

As the praise & worship team praised God in the heat of the problem, God defeated the enemy! They actually ended up destroying each other (v.23).

Praising God in the problem, not for the problem, is key! Thanking Him for the answer and victory before you can see anything, assures victory.

Start praising Him right away for whatever you are facing and release your faith like king Jehoshaphat did and taste the victory…

Stay blessed

In Christ

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Ps’s Paddick & Roelien Van Zyl

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