And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 20:21 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.
Yesterday we looked at how we be victorious in the LORD when we put our complete trust in Him during times of trials, because the battle belongs to Him. We 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 night before the battle everyone knew that conflict was inevitable with the enemy. But they knew something the enemy did not – that they were going to be victorious because of the LORD.
The morning of the battle, the musicians went in front of the army. This is God's strategy for victory - to attack the problem with praise. When under attack, we should march forward praising God for the victory rather than retreating in fear. This was a true march of faith. Imagine what would have happened if God had not intervened! Praise God, He did, and they demonstrated their faith by praise.
We can also do this. When we march into the battles we are facing, we can sing: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Because God is with us, we have nothing to fear. As we praise Him, He goes before us and fights for us, and He gives us the breakthrough - for the battle belongs to the LORD. As a result, the enemy will be scattered because he flees when God acts on the scene! (Psalm 68:1)
Going into our battles our own way and with our own strength invites failure because we are not letting the battle be God’s. But going into our battles praising God is fighting under His banner and letting the battle be His. When we do this, we can trust in Him for the victory.
The more you praise God, the more you become God-conscious and absorbed in His greatness, wisdom, faithfulness, and love. Praise reminds you of all that God is able to do and of great things He has already done.
- Wesley L. Duewel