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Week 22 Day 3
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
and (even joyful) faith
knowing God will be there
to aid us
Instead of worrying
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
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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