August 11, 2017

Battle Songs

2 Chronicles 20:1-28

Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness.

—  2 Chronicles 20:21

Many nations have favorite songs celebrating their underdog victories over enemies who were bent on conquest or oppression. In 2 Chronicles 20 we have a fascinating account of how God protected his people from a vast enemy army.

King Jehoshaphat learned that a huge army from neighboring lands was coming to attack Judah and Jerusalem. Knowing that his army had no power to stand against them, he cried out to the Lord, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” God sent a message: “Do not be afraid or discouraged. . . . For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” And in faith the king marched out to face the enemy, calling the people to trust and praise the Lord, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

While there may be many military dangers around the world today, we may also face the threat of personal challenges. How can we get food for tomorrow? How can I fight my addiction? How can we fight the cancer that is destroying my loved one?

By his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead, King Jesus has won the greatest battle facing each of us—the battle against sin and death. Cry out to him in faith, “Lord, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Then live by God’s Word and praise his name, trusting that he will supply what you need, either in this life or the next.

Lord, help us to follow you in faith, knowing you are with us. Thank you for your victory. We praise your name! Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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