Verse of the Day

Today's Verse

As they began to sing and praise God, the LORD sent an ambush for the army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come to attack Judah. The enemy was defeated!

2 Chronicles 20:22 ERV

Devotion

In 2 Chronicles 20, we read that a large army of Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites invaded the land of Judah. Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, got the people together in order to ask the Lord for help. He prayed, “We don’t have the strength to stop this large army that is coming against us. We don’t know what to do! We are looking to you for help.” After he prayed, the prophet Jahaziel proclaimed, “Listen to me King Jehoshaphat and everyone living in Judah and Jerusalem! The LORD says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or worry about this large army, because the battle is not your battle. It is God’s battle!'”

As the men of Judah marched out to meet the invading army, Jehoshaphat had the temple singers go before them. They sang, “Give thanks to the Lord! His faithful love will last forever.”

It was as they were singing that the Lord did what our verse for today says that He did. He set ambushes. In a way the Bible does not specify, He set ambushes among the invading army and the panic that ensued caused them to rise up and destroy one another. As a result, when the army of Judah arrived on the scene all they saw were dead bodies. It took them three days to carry away all the plunder they found on the battlefield. The battle had been the Lord’s, not theirs.

Perhaps today you find yourself in the middle of a battle as well. Probably it’s not a military battle, but it’s a battle just the same. Do the forces arrayed against you seem overwhelming, just like the large army that invaded Judah? If so, then do what Jehoshaphat did. Confess your dependence on the Lord and call out to Him for help. Then, start singing! Start singing praises to the Lord. The Bible is clear on this: it was as the temple singers sang to the Lord that He triggered the events that would destroy the invaders.

The point is: praise is more than a demonstration of religious bona fides. Praise is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.