Thought for today
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat wins a victory over the army from the South, (not Alabama) and in the process learns a few lessons about victory in the Christian life. The Lord tells Judah in verse 17, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you.” Here’s four keys to his victory, position, patience, perspective, praise. We need to understand our position in Christ. We need to wait on the Lord to reveal His means for victory. We need to view the outcome of our trial through eyes of faith, not through the eyes of despair. We need to go forward into battle, armed with the power of praise. It must have shocked his generals the next day when Jehoshaphat configured his troops. He put singers and worship leaders in front of the archers, infantry, and swordsmen. The alignment also shocked the enemy. We are told confusion reigned in their ranks, and they ended up killing each other. The old song, “Killing Me Softly With His Song”, was apropos for this battle. It was a strange battle cry, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Yet the sounds of praise drove the demons and the enemy they controlled crazy. Praise can have the same effect on the spiritual enemies we face. Let us defeat the enemy with praises to the Lord.
Lord God, thank You for yet another awesome promise of victory in You, in Your army. Help me to give You praise in the midst of trouble and to sing to You a new song. Help me to view each battle through the eyes of faith, which is in You alone. Take my life today Lord, and use it for Your glory, make it so clear what You have for me to do. Be glorified in all I do and say and think, in Jesus name,
Blessings in Christ
“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you”Psalm 55:22a