Now, when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped destroyed one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. (2 Chronicles 20:22-24 NKJV)
The key verses of this study are 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. In these verses, we are looking at how God instructed Jehoshaphat to respond to trials and battles. It is through hearing and applying God’s instructions that we can be victorious in the LORD.
We have learned how we can be victorious in the LORD when we put our complete trust in Him during times of trials, because the battle belongs to Him. We have also learned that many times the key to victory is to be still and stand our ground. As we do this, our praise and worship are our action in faith.
The timing of the events of Jehoshaphat’s battle shows that the key to victory was Judah’s obedience to move forward in praise. The real victory belonged to the LORD because the battle took place out of their sight. They later saw the manifestation of the spiritual victory as they found the opposition defeated and everyone dead.
God fights for us in the invisible spirit-realm and our eyes will soon see the victory. If we praise Him, then God will release His power for us and confuse, scatter and destroy any opposing forces.
We may wonder how praising God at the start of the day will help us with our battles, but putting Him first and keeping Him first in everything is what He instructs us to do. God’s ways may not make sense to us and that is sometimes His design so that we can grow in our faith walk, trusting Him more and more.
When we pray for the Spirit's help ... we will simply fall down at the Lord's feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love.
- Andrew Murray