OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKing Jehosophat was a good king… in fact, he was one of the few good kings during this time period. Like his father, Asa, Jehosophat loved the Lord and did his best to follow His ways and lead the people of Judah to do the same. Yes, he had his faults and made mistakes – mainly, aligning himself with those who stood against God (such as Ahab in 2 Chron 18 and Ahaziah in 2 Chron 20)… but Jehosophat also did many good things; such as spark two revivals by spreading the teaching of the Law across his land in 2 Chron 17 & 19. His life and reign are summed up in 2 Chron 20:32 – “And he walked in the ways of Asa his father and departed not from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord.”

In 2 Chronicles 20 we see the results of this type of devotion to God played out in a practical scenario. Jehosophat and the people of Judah are faced with a dilemma as the Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites all coordinate a mass rebellion against Israel and gather for war with Judah. As word comes to Jehosophat that there is a large army gathered at his doorstep, the king immediately does what everyone who trusts in the Lord should do as a first response to a crisis… he prays (vs 5-13). In that 224 word prayer, King Jehosophat lays out the situation before God – reminds Him or the mighty deeds of the past – and implores His protection for the future.

God answers this prayer through a Prophet – instructing the people to not be afraid (fear ALWAYS hinders faith!) – but to trust God because the battle is not theirs to fight. He then downloads the battle plan for the next day… instructing them to move out in the direction of the cliff of Ziz – where they will stand and witness the rescue (salvation) of the Lord on their behalf.This rescue from God was based on the life of obedience which Jehosophat had been living. Although not perfect, his heart was to please the Lord and that was what bought him God’s listening ear.

The next day – Jehosophat knew exactly what to do. He knew that this fight wasn’t about him or his army or his strength… but it was ALL about the Lord and His salvation. So instead of marching out in full array with guns blazing (metaphorically), Jehosophat had his people march out in worship (vs 21). Then notice what the Word says:

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered; “2 Chr 20:22

It wasn’t when they set out – nor when they showed their steel, it was when they began to worship that the victory came! That was a revelation of the heart of Jehosophat – he knew where the real power came from and who would bring him victory… and that wasn’t in him or his might! This heart was also revealed as he encouraged the people for the coming battle in vs 21:

… Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.”

The word “established” is the word “aman” and it refers to being supported as a parent or nurse supports a young child. Further, the word “prosper” is the word “tsalach” and it means “to cause to push forward and break out for good”. Jehosophat knew that is what His God would do for him! In his time of crisis – God would support His people as a nurse supports a small child and would cause them to push forward and break out for good.

In the same way – we can stand assured of God’s help in our time of crisis. Like Jehosophat, if we place our trust in the Lord to fight our battle – lead into every situation with worship, singing, praising – and seek to obey the Lord and believe what He has said to us – then, like Judah, we will be established and prosper in all situations. That is exactly what we do when we gather together on Sunday’s (and throughout the week). Our time of worship is NOT simply a way to start the service or just for the music-lovers in our community… it is the establishing of the victory of the Lord over whatever battles we may have been facing that week.

Like Jehosophat – your life can be set up with your heart devoted toward the Lord. Set your mind on revival by learning His ways as recorded in the Word… and then establish a life of worship. Then when a crisis comes knocking at your door – you can know that your victory is as secure as Judah’s.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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