by Heather Tietz
They rose early in the morning, and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, so you shall be established! Believe his prophets, so you shall prosper.”
2 Chronicles 20:20
King Jehoshaphat led his army into the desert to face their enemy. Here, instead of calling them to arms, instead of giving them his master plan for defeat, he encourages their belief. He bids them make faith their armor. To solidify his words, to help his soldiers rely on the Almighty to fight their impending battle, he sends a choir before the men.
Yes! King Jehoshaphat organizes a praise team to march before the soldiers, leading them in worship! How does the enemy respond? The Ammonites, the Moabites, and the Edomites, all in pursuit of destroying God’s people, fall upon one other. The enemy destroys itself. The battle is won, won with weapons of praise!
God’s praise is powerful. It encourages hearts. It demolishes fear. It sends evil fleeing.
Stir up some praise in your day.