Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ambushing Satan through Song

HI Friends,

I've been meditating a lot lately about 2 Chronicles chapter 20 where Jehoshaphat is told that a vast army is coming against him from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.

The text indicates that he was alarmed or afraid by the news. So he immediately resolved to inquire of the LORD and proclaimed a fast for all of Judah. So they sought help from the Lord. Then Jehoshaphat prays to the Lord out loud for the people of in front of all the people from Judah and Jerusalem. He praises the Lord for His greatness and then declares their weakness by saying, "We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us." Then he goes on to say, "nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

What struck me about this short but powerful ending to his prayer is that he is in front of the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem and he doesn't act like he has it all together. He doesn't pretend to be in control or say that he has a game plan to defeat the enemy. I'm sure it must have been humbling to admit that he didn't know what to do. He doesn't try to be a fearless leader that has all the self confidence needed for the moment. Instead he says that "power and might" are in God's hand and verbally admits that they are "powerless," that they "don't know what to do" BUT that their "eyes" are on God.

Wow!

What a great example of true power under submission when we look away from ourselves and look to God. It reminds me of another leader, namely, Peter. Remember when he did something that was humanly impossible? He walked on water when he was looking at Jesus (Matt 14: 22-33). And then when he looked away from the Lord he sank. I'm sure Jehoshaphat could have been tempted to look to other resources to win the battle, or be so afraid that he scrambles to try anything that may solve the problem but he didn't do that. Instead He looked to The Source of strength to win the battle.

It is when we are weak that He (God) is strong (2 Cor 12:10). His strength is made perfect in weakness. It's so opposite of what the world tells us, isn't it. The world says, "pull yourself up by your boot straps." But no. God says, "Humble yourself and He will lift you up." (James 4:10)

Keep looking to the Lord. Fix your gaze on Him. He is mighty. Worship him through song and watch what He will do. Perhaps there is a battle going on in your life, maybe it's spiritual, maybe it's more tangible like something at your work or at school or in your family. Worship Him. Cast your cares on Him. He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Last month I found myself playing certain worship songs over and over. Sometimes 10 times or more. Okay, that's conservative, more like 20 times. During that same time my friend Nancy emailed me this message from John Piper called, "Ambushing Satan through Song."
http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/ambushing-satan-with-song

It's a powerful message that unpacks 2 Chron 20.

If you want to know what happened with Jehoshaphat and who won the battle, click here and read the chapter in it's entirety
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+20&version=NASB

God bless and have a great day at church!

1 comment:

Olivia M said...

Wow! This is amazing! :) thank you for writing this Trish!