After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,for his love endures forever.” 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. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 NIV
The enemy was formidable. An army composed of the men of three of Judah's greatest foes were closing in. Judah's army was puny in comparison. They didn't have a chance.
Or maybe you run. Surrender. Give up. Hopefully they'll be nice - let you off with your lives. Better than losing everyone. Slavery is better than death, right?
But that's not what Judah, under the direction of their king Jehoshaphat, does. After seeking the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:1-13), he gets his army together and puts the most powerful folks in front.
Did you catch that? Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army. So they met the vast army with praise in the front.No - not the mighty warriors or the brilliant military strategists. He sends the praise band to lead them.
So counterintuitive, don't you think? But it worked - because nothing is stronger than the Lord. And how often do we forget that?
We give it our all, but we still fail, because we put OUR strength ahead of His. We take the lead, when it is the Lord who should be in front. We try to be the copilot, but God doesn't just want to help. He wants to do it all for us.
He used singing to defeat the Moabites, Edomites, and Ammonites. He used 300 men with trumpets, torches, and jars to destroy the Midianites. And of course, marching and shouting took down the walls of Jericho.
Logically, none of these examples make sense. And that's the point. If they were logical, why would we give God the credit?
We didn't do it. He did. That's what happens when we lead with praise to Him.
How hard is it for you to let God take the lead - to not depend on your own skills, talents, and/or power? How well do you do with praising Him in the midst of struggle? Turning to Him, and letting Him do it (whatever "it" might be), is the wise decision.
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