September 9, 2012
See the Salvation of the LORD
2 Chronicles 2:20, Page 718
In response to a another question, today we see the LORD deliver the people of Judah from a great army ready to attack them. King Jehoshaphat had made some spiritual mistakes, but he also went out among the people of Judah and brought them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers (2 Chronicles 19:1-4, page 716). King Jehoshaphat also appointed judges, and told them to judge with righteousness and impartiality, with the fear of the LORD (2 Chronicles 2:5-11, page 716-717). After instituting these spiritual reforms, the sons of Ammon, the sons of Moab, and some Meunites came to make war against Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-4, page 717). When faced with large armies, King Jehoshaphat called for the assembly of the Judah and Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 20:5-13, pages 717-718). King Jehoshaphat declared that they were “powerless before the great multitude” (2 Chronicles 20:12, page 718). In the midst of the assembly, the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel, and he proclaimed that the people did not need to fight that battle.
You Need Not Fight.
Do Not Fear of Be Dismayed. in 2 Chronicles 20:17, page 718, the LORD described the King and the people of Judah as fearful and dismayed. The LORD demonstrated that He always knows about our fears and dismay. He also cares and provides ways for us to deal with them. The LORD intends to remove all of your fears and dismay today, and He does so by revealing Himself and His plans for your life. When you trust the LORD to help you, He will take care of you and relieve your fears.
The LORD Is with You. In 2 Chronicles 20:17, page 718, the LORD reminded the people of Judah that the LORD Himself is with them. When we face overwhelming enemies that strike fear and dismay into our hearts, at that moment we must listen to the LORD reminding us that the LORD Himself will always be with us. This enemy facing us never came by surprise upon the LORD. The enemy never has more power, wisdom or counsel greater than the LORD (Proverbs 21:30-31, page 1932).
Judah Worships and Praises the Lord God of Israel. in 2 Chronicles 20:18-19, page 718, King Jehoshaphat bowed and worshipped, and the people fell down too before the LORD. You see from their response that they believed that the LORD would do as He said, and He would fight for them. Notice too that the Levites, particularly the sons of the Korahites, praised God with a very loud voice. When God reveals His plans, especially when He plans to help us, we should bow and worship and praise His name.
Put Your Trust in the LORD. In 2 Chronicles 20:20, page 718, the day after the LORD spoke to the people of Israel and promised He would fight for them, the people went out into the wilderness to witness the power of God. They did not go out to fight a battle, but to witness God fight the battle. King Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to put their trust in the LORD your God. Notice here that trust in the LORD will overpower any enemy, any time. Notice too that the people must trust His prophets and succeed. Today, we can read those same prophets and the authors of the New Testament. If we intend to live without fear and dismay, and face our enemies, then we stand in faith before God and trust Him alone to fight our battles and win those battles by His strength and power alone.
Singers First. In 2 Chronicles 20:20, page 718, King Jehoshaphat put faith into practice by placing the singers before the people in holy attire. Notice that the army did not go before the people, but the singers went first. Clearly, King Jehoshaphat believed the LORD, so that the singers would be safe because they would not be killed by the enemy. In our lives, we should always proceed with praise and worship and trust God by giving thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.
They Were Routed. In 2 Chronicles 20:22, page 718, we see that the LORD set ambushes against the enemies. When God fights for you, the enemies of God fall every time. In fact, the enemies of God were absolutely routed. We should learn great lessons from this passage. When we trust God and His promises, He will always keep them and we will stand in faith and watch the LORD route our enemies while we praise and worship Him.
So we learn more about the LORD routing our enemies.
● You do not need to fight your own battles, because, on your own, you fall powerless before your enemies.
● When confronted by your enemies, gather with believers, pray before the LORD, and count upon Him to keep His promises and deliver you from your enemies.
● Face your enemies with praise and worship first, because you can always count upon the LORD to help you.
Application for Today
As I walk through life today, I want to pray to the LORD for His help. I know I am powerless on my own, but I will not live in fear and dismay today because of my enemies. I will trust the LORD to route my enemies, and I will praise and worship Him before He even acts to help me. I can trust the LORD to help me every day, especially today. Will you trust the LORD to fight your battles today?
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