You may be waiting for God to do a breakthrough in your life, but it is God who is waiting for you to start the battle in praise!, writes Pastor Paul Kauri.
2 Chronicles 20 records an amazing account of God
fighting for his people, and their role in this battle. It’s worth reading
again if you have a Bible at home.
This story unfolds as follows.
King Jehoshaphat is told of a vast army coming against
him and the kingdom of Judah. Jehoshaphat resolved to call out to God,
proclaiming a fast for all of Judah, seeking help from God for this coming
The first key for us is found in King Jehoshaphat’s
response to this threat, he turned to God in his time of need in prayer and
fasting. You may be facing hardships or threats to your family; take a lesson
from Jehoshaphat and turn to the Lord for help, it may require prayer and
fasting from you, but turn to Him for help! The psalmist said this, “God is our
shelter and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble”. Ps 46:1
As Jehoshaphat cries out to God in prayer, he reminds
the Lord of His promise He made to their forefathers;
“If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or
famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your
Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.”
(2 Chron 20:9). God heard their prayers, remembered His promise and acted
We find another key in this prayer, that is; to declare
the promises of God in our time of need. God is a God of His Word and the
psalmist said this, “Bless the Lord, all His angels mighty in strength
who carry out His word, who hearken to the voice of His command.” Ps 103:20
When we declare the promises of God, even the angels
respond to our voice declaring His Word!
However, Jehoshaphat did not stop there. He reminds
God of the history of this vast army, and more importantly God’s instruction to
Israel regarding this vast army:
“…here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would
not allow Israel to invade when they came out of Egypt; so they turned
away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they
are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as
an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge
them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We
do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
King Jehoshaphat’s honesty and vulnerability in this prayer, “we do not
know what to do, but our eyes are on you!” is to be admired, and learned from.
Our pride will be our downfall in God’s presence but ‘a broken and contrite
heart God will not despise!’ (Ps 51:17)
A third key is to come before God in humility, no matter your status in
life, for God exalts the lowly, and gives grace to the humble but He opposes
the proud. When others oppose us, we have hope in God, but when God opposes
you, you have no hope at all except to repent.
As the story continues, the Spirit of God came upon a prophet, who
speaks out from the crowd after the king’s prayer, “15 He said:
“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what
the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this
vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 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.’”
Maybe some of our readers need to be reminded today that the battle is
not yours, but the Lord’s! So do not be discouraged or afraid in your time of
As we continue in the story, we read the following;
20 ... 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 splendour of His holiness as they went out at
the head of the army, saying…
Did you notice that Jehoshaphat sent the singers ahead of the army, who
were praising God for His holiness! He didn’t send the archers, or the
strongest fighters in front of the army, he sent the worship team! One of our
weapons, which God has given to us against the evil one is Praise and Worship.
Our weapon is a melody!
But we must take note of verse 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.”
Did you notice that!? As they began to sing … the Lord fought for them! What
we often miss in these stories is our involvement in God’s work. It was, as
they sang ... that God moved, not before.
Martin Luther made this statement, “Without God we can’t! But without
us, God won’t”. God has chosen by His sovereignty, to do His work through His
body, the Church, to advance His kingdom here on earth! You may be waiting for
God to do a breakthrough in your life, but it is God who is waiting for you to start
the battle in praise!
These adversities are actually opportunities for us to join God in His
work and to strengthen our hands for battle, taking back all that the enemy has
stolen or is trying to steal from you!
So, today, sing loud His praises! Sing of His Goodness and Holiness!
Declare His promises turn them into a song! And don’t stop until you have the