Judah is getting ready for battle. Several other nations armies have joined forces and come up against them. King Jehoshaphat is giving the big rally speech.
Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm.
2 Chronicles 20:20b (NLT)
The Lord your God. Not the Lord my God.
This was a time when Judah enjoyed a renewed covenant with God. Jehoshaphat did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. The Levites spent time going throughout the land teaching people about the covenant they had with God. Call them the early itinerant ministers.
The people of Judah had personal relationship with the Lord. They weren’t dependent on the relationship that the priests or the king had. They knew God for themselves. Their God was going to save them. They put their trust in Him, not their leaders.
After consulting the leaders of the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord;
his faithful love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 20:21 (NLT)
Their trust in their king and their faith in their God allowed them to go ahead of the battle signing praise to the Lord. Judah could stand and sing as though they’d won because they had enough of a relationship with God to know that His character was victorious. When God led His people into battle, they won. Judah didn’t have to hope for a good outcome. They knew that if they put their faith in God, He would fight the battle for them.
And that’s exactly what He did.
The song went forth and the opposing armies obliterated each other leaving the plunder for Judah to gather.
What kind of victory will you see when you believe in the Lord your God and go ahead with praise as though the battle has already been won?
Daily Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 20-22, John 16:1-15