2 Chronicles 19-23
What do you do when you hit rock bottom? When a mountain of trouble stands piled in your path?
King Jehoshaphat faced a mountain of trouble in the form of a vast horde of enemy soldiers already on the way to defeat Judah. When he learned of the trouble, Jehoshaphat immediately turned to the Lord for answers. He ordered a nation-wide fast, and then he went to inquire of the Lord. He prayed, reminding God of all that He had done for them, and then he prayed:
11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
And then the Word of God came to a prophet, who said:
‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
On the next morning of battle, Jehoshaphat reminded his people of their dependence on God:
“Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his [d] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the LORD,
for his love endures forever.”
The armies who had been on the way to destroy Judah ended up fighting each other to the death, leaving behind a collection of equipment and other spoils of war so numerous that it took three days to gather it all.
What was the key? Look at what the prophet said again: The battle is not yours, but God’s. And on the front lines of the battle, Jehoshaphat appointed men to SING PRAISES to the Lord. Praising God is the first line of defense!
Now if I can just get that truth applied to my own internal mountain. My battle with anxiety is not my battle: it is God’s….and praising His splendor should be my first line of defense.