II Chronicles 20: 1-27 is the account of how God worked a mighty miracle in the lives of King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah.
One day the king was told there was a great army of soldiers on their way with their sole intent being to destroy Judah. When he heard this the Bible says, “He feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah, and Judah gathered themselves together and asked help of the Lord.”
Jehoshaphat stood in the midst of them, prayed to the Lord, and asked Him to save them. This prayer is several verses long, but at the end of the prayer, Jehoshaphat said in verse 12, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.”
As they were waiting on God to answer their prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came to Jahaziel, one of the descendants of Asaph. He was a singer in the Temple and had also written some of the Psalms. The Word of the Lord said: “Thus saith the Lord unto you, be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: Behold they come up by the Cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the Wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: Set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you; fear not, be not dismayed; tomorrow go out against them for the Lord will be with you”.
I’m sure the people were extremely excited to know that God would fight the battle for them. But even though they had gotten directions from God as to what they should do, they still had to follow the directions. God has a much different way of looking at things, and always desires to reveal His Glory so He always receives the credit.
After God had told them He would give the victory, Jehoshaphat decided to place the singers at the front of the line as they went to the place where the battle would be fought. They sang, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever.”
The Bible says that when they began to sing, the Lord sent ambushments against their enemies. They turned against each other and destroyed each other.
Judah won this great battle by singing praises to God.
When they came to take away the spoils among the dead bodies, they found an abundance of precious jewels and riches. It took them three days to carry away all the riches they found. Then on the fourth day they came back together to bless and praise the Lord for all he had done for them. The fear of God came on all the other countries around Judah when they heard what had happened and how God had delivered his people without them even having to physically fight.
This story is sure proof of what can happen when you cry out to God for help in time of trouble. When they started to genuinely praise and worship Him, God fought magnificently on their behalf. The next time you are so burdened you don’t see how you can keep going, JUST START praising and worshiping God. He delivered Judah from her enemies, and He still has the power to do the same for you.
Just like Judah, you might be able to stand still and see God work miraculously on your behalf.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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