Ambush of Praise

Read 2 Chronicles 20

Focus on verses 21-22

Once again we find Jehoshaphat facing insurmountable odds as this massive army approaches Judah intent on destruction. The text says he was afraid (v. 3) and that his fear drove him to seek the Lord. He also proclaimed a fast throughout Judah. When all the people have assembled he publically declares the greatness and faithfulness of God recounting the Lord’s promise to bless them in the land. Then he admits to the Lord that He is powerless to overcome this horde that threatens to invade, and he does not know what to do, but…He adds… “Our eyes are on You.”

Whenever we face a huge obstacle, there is no better place to fix our eyes than on Him.

Jehoshaphat saw the size of the army coming at them and was afraid, but when he fixed his eyes on the Lord, He saw that the Lord was bigger. So when Jahaziel instructed him to go up against the enemy without fear and that God would give them the victory, he, and all with him fell down before the Lord in worship.

The next day when they go out to battle – he puts the singers, in their priestly attire, out in front of the army instructing them to sing praise to the Lord. As they begin to sing the text says, “the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir… …so that they were routed.”

So I’m thinking… why did he put the singers up front? The only rationale I can come up with is that if God didn’t stop the army that was coming against them it wouldn’t matter where the singers were – they would be killed no matter where they were – so perhaps it was Jehoshaphat’s way of literally putting his trust in the Lord to act.

Praise has a double benefit in a spiritual battle. First it changes our perspective on the situation by focusing our eyes on the Lord. Second, it is the one thing that drives our spiritual enemy wild! I believe Satan absolutely hates to hear us sing prases to God. He hates it because what he wants most is for us to worship him instead of God, so when we worship God he doesn’t care to be around because it saps him of is power to deceive. One of our most effective tactics in winning the spiritual battle is to ambush the enemy with songs of praise to God.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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