Week 22   Day 3

 

Anyone can sing
           
after the victory is won 

but Jehoshaphat's army sang

            and praised God

            as they marched out to meet

            an overwhelming enemy 

First they prayed  

            then they praised 

            then they sang 

 

From them we learn

            to face the enemy

            with confidence

            and (even joyful) faith

knowing God will be there

            to aid us 

 

Instead of worrying 

            try prayer

                 praise 

                 song.

 

 

Taking the leadership in this approach

            were the musicians

Asaph is always associated with music

            and the psalms

 

Just look at their faith 

            they praised God for victory

            before the battle began

 

The singers went first on the march

            into battle 

their faith was catching 

            the people and their king

            followed their lead.

 

 

 

                                 PRAY, THEN PRAISE
                      The battle is not yours, but God's.
                                      II Chronicles 20

 

     1The people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others

with them besides the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat. 

2Some came, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you

from beyond the sea, from Syria."  3Jehoshaphat feared, and
set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast for all
Judah. 
4From all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 

     5Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly in the house of

the Lord, 6and said:  "O Lord God of our fathers, do You not

rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand

is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand

You?  7Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants

of this land, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your

friend forever?  9We stand before this temple in Your presence,

and cry out to You in our affliction. 12O our God, we have

no power against this great multitude that is coming against

us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." 

13Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their

children, stood before the Lord.

     14Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, of the

sons of Asaph. 15He said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you,

king Jehoshaphat!  Thus says the Lord:  'Do not be afraid nor

dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not

yours, but God's.  16Tomorrow go down against them.  They

will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find

them at the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.  17You

will not need to fight in this battle.  Position yourselves,

stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.'" 

     18Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground,

and all Judah bowed before the Lord, worshiping.  19Then

the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and the Korahites

stood up to praise the God of Israel with voices loud and high.

     20They rose early in the morning and went out into the

Wilderness of Tekoa; as they went, Jehoshaphat said, "Believe

in the Lord your God, and you shall be established."  21He

appointed those who should sing and they went out before the

army, saying:  "Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever."

     22When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes.

Those who had come out against Judah were defeated.  23For

Ammon and Moab stood against the inhabitants of Mount Seir

to destroy them and then they destroyed one another.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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