Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Battle Praise

****This is a repost this morning, so a little different for my Wednesdays lately, but different is good, or so I'm told :) Have a blessed day everyone!****

I’ve been slowly reading through the Bible, a feat I’ve never really accomplished in my life. Sure, I’ve read it all in bits and pieces, I’m familiar with the stories, have memorized scripture, but I’ve never really sat down and read it cover-to-cover. It has drawn me in. I’m on no timeline to finish, but there is something amazing that happens as I open God’s Word in the morning and just read it. Some days it’s simply one chapter, other days I’m pulled into a story and blow through five or six. If you haven’t ever accomplished reading His story, I challenge you to try it. Don’t pressure yourself with a plan, just crack it open and see where He leads you.
Okay, well, I digress…but it was a good rabbit holeJ I wanted to talk about a passage that stopped me this week. It’s out of 2 Chronicles 20 and stars Jehoshaphat, King of Judah. He was facing a battle with some big people, a “vast army” to be exact. I can relate? You? Well Jehoshaphat sought the Lord and I love what happens here.
First, the people of Judah fasted and called out to God. Then He answered. And just look at His answer (I’m taking this from verses 15-17) “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged…face them and the Lord will be with you.”
Before I move onto what Jehoshaphat and Judah did, I want to point out something—the battle was never theirs. Did you see that? God tells them it’s His battle, they didn’t need to fight it. Sometimes we get locked into fighting a battle that was never ours to take up. We can’t understand why we feel defeated, yet we aren’t even supposed to be in the fight. So what should we be doing, if not fighting?

Let’s keep reading snippets from the rest of the passage. "Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites…praised the Lord with very loud voices…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…and as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir…and they were defeated.”
Do you see? See the power of our praise? So often we try and take the battle from God and all He wants is our praise. As we praise, He moves. There is such power in the simple act of worship.
Are you fighting a battle today? Seek God…is He trying to tell you that the battle is His? Step back from the fight and start praising—let Him defeat your enemy. The battle belongs to the Lord.


  1. My battle today is not a big's getting through my last workday before a week of vacation and then doing all my last-minute vacay prep tonight. Yeah, not a huge deal. But sometimes the little things feel big...and I love that God totally helps us even with pesky to-do lists. He's there in both the big and little battles! Loved the post!

  2. Love this post, Susan! It definitely takes more faith to just praise the Lord when there's a battle raging. I know I struggle with wanting to be in control, and jumping into the battle is often easier, than leaving it in the capable hands of the Lord. Thanks for this reminder! God bless!

  3. Melissa - I think preparing for vacation leaves us NEEDING vacation! Have fun:)

    Maria - Yeah. I tend to be a control freak, God's really worked hard on me with that one over the years. In fact, I do believe He's putting me through a season of it right now:)

  4. Hi Susan! I love this story! It's one of my favorites. It's so hard to praise God in the midst of a scary trial or storm, but when we do, we put feet to our words and demonstrate real trust. :-)

  5. Susan - Wanted to let you know I tagged you over at Life Lessons to answer some fun 'getting to know you' questions. No worries if you're unable to participate - just wanted to include you in case you would like to give it a shot! Have a blessed day, my friend!