“And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court and said, ‘O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You. … And now behold, the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they … did not destroy – Behold they reward us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon them. For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.’
“Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah. He said, ‘Hearken, all Judah, you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: “Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. … You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord ….”’” (2 Chronicles 20:5-17).
Are you in a “hopeless” situation right now? Is the enemy you’re facing too big for you to even begin to match him? Make this your position: Say to the Lord — with Jehoshaphat — “I do not know what to do, by my eyes are upon You.”
Then begin to praise the Lord for winning the victory for you. In this story of the children of Israel, King Jehoshaphat sent the praisers out in front of the soldiers. That is an act unheard of in normal warfare. No nation, in the natural scheme of things, would send unarmed singers out into the middle of a battlefield in front of the soldiers and artillery. But when you know the Lord is fighting for you, you send the praise out ahead of anything else. You praise first. Then you experience the victory.
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