“Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation continually say, “God is great! ””
Psalms 70:4 HCSB
The enemy was fast approaching, battle-ready to attack Judah and to destroy the mighty power Jehoshaphat had built up over time. This amazing leader called all the cities to a time of fasting, as he lead them in prayer with a message to God saying, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
As Jehoshaphat’s army prepared to face the Moabites and Ammonites, it was not the biggest and strongest positioned on the front lines; it was the singers and worshippers! Yes, they led with praise and worship to our God and Savior, rejoicing in the certain victory that was to come. And deliver God did! God completely wiped out the enemy without Jehoshaphat’s army lifting a single weapon! All that was left for them to do was gather the plunder.
It’s hard to imagine when we are in the middle of a trial that we can rejoice and be thankful in the midst of the storm, but Scripture repeatedly calls us to do this. But how?
Our lesson from Jehoshaphat tells us to rejoice and be glad in the victory that is to come, even when we don’t know what that outcome looks like in the moment. God is on our side and will be glorified in the end, so when we start praising Him and anticipating the triumph ahead with a grateful heart, things do start to change, especially our hearts.
The psalmist exhorts us to continually, without ceasing proclaim the greatness of God. Let’s challenge ourselves to do this today through whatever we face. 🚦
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