2 CHRONICLES 20:20-22
20. And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went forth Jehoshaphat stood and said, hear me, o Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for His mercy endureth forever.
22. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. KJV
Tekoa -c) in the musical sense – a trumpet.
Holiness -c) a sacred place or thing; sanctuary.
Israel is an example to us. We are to learn from the many trials that they went through. What are we to learn from this very well-known battle they had with Jehoshaphat as their king?
We must realize all the weapons the Lord has given us and not neglect any. He sent the singers first but not until he told the people to believe in the Lord and His prophets and then they would be established. Praise is a very powerful weapon.
Jehoshaphat had consulted with the Lord about enemies that were coming against them who were mightier than they. But the best thing he said to the Lord was, “but our eyes are upon You.” that is the key in any battle. If we see the mighty power of God that is with us we will not fear. That is what He told Jehoshaphat. He said, “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
We must be like Jehoshaphat and keep our eyes on the Lord and His power. Then we can come before Him with singing and praises, for His mercy endureth forever. We know we have no power over the spirit realm without the Lord. If our eyes are on our on weakness, we will fail like the Jews in the wilderness. Only Joshua and Caleb believed.
Then we can become the sanctuary He has called us to be. He comes into our heart as we come into His presence as we sing praises to Him. Worship is like all other things in the Kingdom of God. If you give Him love, respect and honor, He will give that back to you. If you slight and reject Him, He will slight and reject you. We reap what we sew.
On Sunday morning and every day, He sits upon His throne watching and searching for those who will worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Our worship really matters. If we want to be blessed, we must learn to take this seriously and offer up what is pleasing to Him. He is watching every Sunday. Is He pleased with what He sees?
The inhabitants of Ammon, Moab and Mt. Seir fought against themselves and were utterly destroyed. The Jews had so much spoil after this battle it took three days to gather it all.
Psalm 147:11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness. Amp.