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2 CHRONICLES 17:1-21:1
by Ron Rose
Asas son Jehoshaphat renewed the effort to stay faithful to God. Recognizing the peoples need to know more about God and his commands, Jehoshaphat organized teachers to travel throughout Judah, telling the people about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
As the nation grew stronger and the people more united in their common faith, the kings around them became concerned and fearful. Three of the surrounding nations joined forces in a plan to destroy Judah in one crushing assault on Jerusalem.
The next day Jehoshaphat selected praise singers to march in front of a rather meager army, and while they sang Thank the LORD, because his love continues forever, God turned what would have been a massive ambush of Judah into a day of confusion for the enemy. He tricked the attackers into turning on each other so that at days end, not a single enemy was left alive. It took Gods people three days to gather all the equipment and supplies left behind.
Jehoshaphat was a good king, but even though God was trusted in the palace and worshiped in the temple, the people did not allow him in their hearts. So after the king died, the people returned to worshiping false gods.
Reflection: To the frightened Israelites how strange it must have seemed sending their warriors into baffle led by the choir. It boldly testified to their faith in and dependence upon God. Marching beyond the city walls and lifting their hearts and their hands to God in praise focused everyone on God, not themselves. It set every compass in the same direction. This was not a concert or mere pageantry; this was a supernatural experience shared with the unseen, all-powerful Conqueror God.
Like Gods people of old, when we praise God, we proclaim our trust in him and his trustworthiness. We approach him like little children running to their father with arms raised, asking to be lifted and carried by a willing and loving father. Despite our enemies, in his arms we place our security, our hope, and our lives.
Author: Ron Rose
Publication Date: March 20, 2002
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