THE SINGING ARMY
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20: 12b
His enemies were all around him. His own army lay dormant in fear. After having a messenger say, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea”(v2), the king and his subjects are terrified since the invading people are from Moab joined with that of Ammon, even including others allies against the nation of Israel.
Because of the imminent threat of war, all of the country is trembling in fear. They look to the king Jehoshaphat and await his response to the forthcoming danger. He “feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah”(v3). So in a desperate plea, the whole nation gathered together and fasted and prayerfully sought help from the Lord. Their troubles were far from over.
With a glaring face and a still stance, Jehoshaphat proclaims to the assembly: “If disaster comes upon us; sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine; we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save”(v9).
In complete surrender to the Lord, The king openly confessed, “For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You”(v12).
Immediately, The King called for all the subjects of the kingdom, all the men and their wives, even their children. The Spirit of the Lord came upon the priests, prophets, and Levites and urged them to praise and sing to God. The Lord answered their prayer in the midst of the assembly proclaiming, “Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s”(v17). All the people then worshipped and sang praises: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His loving-kindness is everlasting”(v21).
As soon as they sang, the Lord set up an ambush against the invading enemy nations that caused each army to turn on its allies,ensuing complete destruction upon the Moabites and the Ammonites and the other armies. Jehoshaphat and his people lived to see the day that God delivered them without raising a single sword, gave them the spoils of the enemy—not even having to fight, and granted them the victory when they worshipped God in total surrender. This is the singing army of Jehoshaphat!
This day, would you be willing to surrender all to God that He might display His awesome power and deliverance in your life? In worship of Him, would you be willing to turn-over control of your enemies—doubt, worry, anxiety, uncontrollable situations, into His hand so that He can bring the victory you are longing for? Turn to Him today and let Him be God.