The King Jehoshaphat Strategy of Praise and Worship
Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
| After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord;
his faithful love endures forever!” At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 2 Chronicles 20: 20-23
In the story of King Jehoshaphat, Judah was surrounded on all sides by their enemies. The odds against them were without a doubt overwhelming. What lie before King Jehoshaphat was impossible to figure out by human strategy, but he had something that could not be explained or measured in this realm—he had God on his side.
In this impossible situation he began by first bringing the problem to God with his people. God made it clear to them that the battle belonged to Him and that their battle position was that of Praise and Worship. So against all odds in a strategy that made no sense by earthly understanding they positioned themselves on the front line in praise and worship. God created in their enemies’ mass confusion among the warring tribes and the different tribes began to fight with each other losing the war.
This is remarkably similar to what we see getting ready to happen in our modern world with the nation of Israel. It is also what we are experiencing in our own personal lives. As believers in Jesus Christ when faced with impossible situations in our lives, our families, our nation and the world, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in victory in every area of our life. As prayer warriors united through the Holy Spirit we have the power to overcome the world. Our battle stance is praise and worship.
The humble activity of praise acknowledges our surrender to God and His authority to overcome this world. It is not in our power, nor our control, to overcome the things of this world. IT IS in our power to turn and surrender control to the One who is in control through praise and worship.
Praise is act of offering grateful homage vocalizing in words and song our trust and love in our Lord. Remember God loved us first and in the most passionate of surrender –the death of His son Jesus Christ on the cross. From this surrender came the Holy Advocate, God the Holy Spirit, to all those who choose to receive. When we receive the Holy Spirit through the baptism in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) we are given the power to understand the things not of this world. As we surrender in praise the Holy Spirit creates in us a direct line to God. The impossible then becomes possible.
While praise is part of the act of worship, worship is all encompassing surrender to the very source of life itself –I AM! (Exodus 3:14) The more we surrender our thoughts, our control, our understanding in worship the more the light of God fills our being and draws us closer to the Glory of God – the realm of the miraculous.
It is in this atmosphere of heaven on earth that healing and miracles take place. Our minds are renewed, our bodies transformed and our attitudes are forever changed. This is the abundant life in which God created us to live. This is only possible through surrender to Jesus Christ, the only way to God.
The more we praise and worship the more we become surrendered to trusting God in every area of our personal lives. As we come together in praise and worship God’s Glory in us fills with all Truth.
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