Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wilderness Praise

Yes, I am back in the same text today, gleaning again from the life of Jehoshaphat. (I can now type his name without pause.) Like I mentioned Sunday, 2 Chronicles 20 is rich with insight. And I love what happened next.

Remember: A multitude approached. Fear arose. Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. And his God faithfully answered with a word of victory. But that is not the end of the story.

Jehoshaphat responded with worship, then rose early and led the people out into the Wilderness where he instructed them, "Believe...believe...and you shall prosper." (20:20)

Believe the promises of the Lord.

"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army." (20:21)

Are you with me?

They had a promise of deliverance--a promise of victory. Yet they still had to walk by faith into the wilderness. And there in the desolate, they believed and sang songs of praise--their voices echoing in the midst of nothingness.

"Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against (those coming to attack)." (20:22) And the enemies of God killed one another!

OK. I'm getting a little fired up.

Friend, if your feet are on desert ground, without a hint of spring flowers or flowing rivers, then shout songs of praise. Turn your eyes onto the One who loves you beyond reason and worship Him with everything you've got. You might not feel it. You might not want it. But will it. And let Him fight this thing for you.

The joy and power of wilderness praise...

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1 comment:

Ed and Jenn said...

I had never heard of the Jehoshaphat until reading your blog 2 days ago...and then he was referenced in a book I was reading that night :)

Love your blog!

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