Published July 6, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"Praise Brings Victory"

I like singing, especially Gospel music. But, I'm not sure we realize how important singing is to the Lord. II Chronicles 20 is a great Old Testament story. In part, it tells about the importance of singing and praising.

King Jehoshaphat found out that a great multitude was coming to battle against Judah and Jerusalem. The prophesy was "Do not be afraid nor dismayed...for the battle is not yours, but God's....Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you."

King Jehoshaphat and the people bowed before the Lord, after which they praised the Lord with voices loud and high.

Early the next morning they went out to battle. Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to just "believe" in the Lord their God. Then he appointed people to sing before the Lord and to praise.

The scripture says, "Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped."

This is a great victory story for King Jehoshaphat, Judah and Jerusalem. But, the best part of the story is that the people trusted in God. When they sang to the Lord and praised Him, He fought the battle. They won the war without having to fight.

The scripture says, "When they began to sing and to praise," then God acted.

Today you might not be in physical combat, but whatever battle you are fighting, believe in God, sing and praise, and watch God act for you. God is not looking to see how strong we are. He is waiting for us to allow Him to act on our behalf.

- Shelia

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