2 Chronicles 20:20b - Prayer + Prophecy (God's Word) + Praise = Victory in Jesus!

2Ch.20:20b: Prayer + Prophecy (God's Word) + Praise = Victory in 

2 Chr 20:20b (KJV)  Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be 
established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 

2 Chr 20:20b (NIV)  Have faith in the LORD your God and you will 
be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful." 

2 Chr 20:20b (NNAS)  put your trust in the LORD your God and you 
will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed." 

2 Chr 20:20b (TEV)  Put your trust in the LORD your God, and you 
will stand your ground.  Believe what his prophets tell you, and you 
will succeed." 

2 Chr 20:20b (CEV)  if we trust the Lord God and believe what 
these prophets have told us, the Lord will help us, and we will be 

The combination of prayer (20:3-13), prophecy (20:14-17), and 
praise (20:18-22) brought him the victory. [Wiersbe Expository 

When Jehoshaphat is attacked by a coalition of hostile nations, 
he calls his people together to pray and seek help from the Lord. 
[Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

Jehoshaphat, the king [of Judah], was panic-stricken when he 
heard of the heavy war-cloud that was rolling on, ready to burst in 
thunder on his little kingdom.... His first act was to muster the 
nation, not as a military levy but as suppliants, "to seek help of the 
Lord."... Jehoshaphat's prayer ... was the most powerful weapon that could 
have been employed, for the rest of the chapter tells the strangest 
story of a campaign that was ever written. No sword was drawn.... 
Levites with their instruments of music, not fighters with their spears, 
led the van, and as "they began to sing and to praise," sudden panic 
laid hold on the invading force, who turned their arms against each 
other. The very depth of despair set [Judah] to climb the height of 
trust...... "We know not what to do but our eyes are upon Thee"... We are all 
outnumbered and overborne by the claims, duties, hindrances, sorrows, and 
entanglements of life.... The meaning of all circumstances that force our 
helplessness on us is to open to us Jehoshaphat's refuge in his - "our eyes 
are upon Thee." (Alexander Maclaren) [Spirit Filled Life Devotional 

Chapter 20 describes perhaps the most curious battle scene found 
anywhere in Scripture. Jehoshaphat leads his army out to confront the 
combined forces of Moab and Ammon. His battle plan is simple: "Set 
yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD" (20:17). 
Then, as if to add insult to injury, Jehoshaphat selects singers to go 
before the army and chant choruses of praise. While the singers sing 
and the soldiers stand at attention, God produces a mighty victory 
for Judah as the enemy forces oblige and "every one [helps] to 
destroy [one] another" (20:23)! Have you learned yet the lesson 
Jehoshaphat and the people of God learned? When the battle seems 
overwhelming, when the enemy is large and imposing, don't turn and run. 
Instead, stand still, sing out, and watch God work. [Your Daily Walk SB] 

More necessary than guns or soldiers, more important than 
strategy, is the giving of thanks to God. Judah faced a literal, physical 
battle involving great odds. They were told that they should not be 
dismayed or fear, that they were to trust God. He would go with them; the 
battle was his battle, not theirs. The singers were to march first, 
singing their praises to God, thanking him for his everlasting 
lovingkindness. Ahead of us, as we face formidable foes and conflict, we must 
send forth thankfulness. By this we acknowledge that the problem or 
the confusion or the sorrow we feel belongs in the hands of the 
Lord. The needs of our life belong to the One who has proved to us 
over and over his constant presence, his total sufficiency and his 
perfect love. What we cannot achieve ourselves, he can. Hopelessness 
disappears, and thankfulness ascends to God. [Daily Devotional Bible] 

I suppose we all know that it's appropriate to thank and praise 
God for His goodness even though we sometimes forget. This passage, 
however, points up an unexpected aspect of praise. We can praise before 
we experience His goodness. We can praise before we receive what we 
Threatened by a massive invasion force, Jehoshaphat called on 
all of Judah to look to God. The king himself led in prayer, 
confessing Judah's lack of power and expressing total reliance on God. In 
response God spoke through the Prophet Jahaziel and promised victory. 
"The battle is not yours, but God's," the prophet proclaimed. "Stand 
firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you.... Do not be 
afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the 
LORD will be with you" (v. 17). 
Immediately after receiving this word from God, the king and the 
people fell down to worship. And then in a "very loud voice" some of 
the Levites stood up and began to praise God. 
The danger was still ahead. The invading army still threatened. 
But God's people began to praise Him before the promised victory was 
The next day God did provide victory. Ancient armies were often 
composed of a variety of peoples, some hired as mercenaries and others 
engaged as allies. In this case God caused the various peoples who 
composed the invading force to annihilate each other before Judah's army 
even arrived! The praises that resounded over the slain enemy were so 
loud and heartfelt that the place was given a new name: Beracah, the 
"Valley of Praise." 
One day when final victory is won, as we stand with Jesus in 
God's eternal kingdom, our shouts of praises too will be loud. Yet we 
too are called to praise now. 
When we're afraid, we're called to praise.
When we're discouraged, we're called to praise.
When we face any enemy, we're called to praise.
And praise we can! For we too have the promises of God. You too 
can "go out and face [difficulties] tomorrow." You too can know that 
"the LORD will be with you." 
And this, the assurance of God's presence with us, is cause for 
praise. Praise even before victory. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Oh, if only we would worry less about our problems and sing and 
praise more! There are thousands of things that shackle us that could 
be turned into instruments of music, if we just knew how to do it. 
Think of those people who ponder, meditate, and weigh the affairs of 
life, and who continually study the mysterious inner workings of God's 
providence, wondering why they suffer burdens and are opposed and battled on 
every front. How different their lives would be, and how much more 
joyful, if they would stop indulging in self-centered and inward 
thinking and instead would daily lift their experiences to God, praising 
Him for them. 
It is easier to sing your worries away than to reason them away. 
Why not sing in the morning? Think of the birds - they are the first 
to sing each day, and they have fewer worries than anything else in 
creation. And don't forget to sing in the evening, which is what the 
robins do when they have finished their daily work. Once they have 
flown their last flight of the day and gathered the last bit of food, 
they find a treetop from which to sing a song of praise. 
Oh, that we might sing morning and evening, offering up song 
after song of continual praise throughout our day! selected [Streams 
In The Desert By Cowman] 

If more praising of God were engaged in now, hope and courage 
and faith would steadily increase. And would not this strengthen the 
hands of the valiant soldiers who today are standing in defense of 
truth?  {PK 202.1} 

Do you not think that if more of this were done now, our hope 
and courage and faith would be revived? Would not the hands of the 
soldiers who are standing in defense of the truth be strengthened? If 
there were much more praising the Lord, and far less doleful 
recitation of discouragement, many more victories would be gained.  {SD 

An Israelite named Uzzah lost his life because he "reached out 
and took hold of the ark of God" (2 Sam. 6:6). He placed his hands 
on it with the best of intentions - to steady it, "because the oxen 
stumbled" (2 Sam. 6:6) - but nevertheless, he had overstepped his bounds 
by touching the Lord's work, and "therefore God struck him down" (2 
Sam. 6:7). Living a life of faith often requires us to leave things 
If we have completely entrusted something to God, we must keep 
our hands off it. He can guard it better than we can, and He does 
not need our help. "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for 
him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out 
their wicked schemes" (Ps. 37:7). 
Things in our lives may seem to be going all wrong, but God 
knows our circumstances better than we do. And He will work at the 
perfect moment, if we will completely trust Him to work in His own way 
and in His own time. Often there is nothing as godly as inactivity 
on our part, or nothing as harmful as restless working, for God has 
promised to work His sovereign will. A. B. Simpson [Streams In The Desert 
By Cowman] 

If God is on our side, even the greatest of difficulties will 
not stand in the way of victory. Just as the prophet spoke to the 
people of Israel, urging them to hope in God's power to deliver them, 
God speaks to us in the Bible. He calls upon us to trust in him. The 
most common command in all of Scripture is "Don't be afraid!" And God 
always pronounces this command when the surrounding circumstances are 
terrible. God shows us time and again that no matter how terrible the 
circumstances, he is able to give the victory. All we need to do is trust in 
him. [Life Recovery SB] 

Why have a choir lead soldiers into battle? (20:21)
Soldiers typically would shout war cries or chant and sing in 
rhythm to the marching. Jehoshaphat had the Israelites do the same, but 
their shouts were to summon the help of the Lord instead of their own 
courage. He wanted them to see that they weren't the warriors; God was 
fighting for them! Joshua (Joshua 6:20), Gideon (Judges 7:20) and 
Jeroboam (13:14-15) commanded similar processions or war shouts that 
glorified God. [Quest SB] 

Why would allies ambush each other? (20:22-23)
They didn't. They were ambushed by God. The ambush, some kind of 
sudden surprise, frightened Judah's enemies and sent them into panicked 
confusion. Their fear and confusion caused them to fight each other. Some 
think God used angels or some other supernatural means to ambush them. 
[Quest SB] 

Ambushes: It is not specified whether local inhabitants or 
supernatural forces were used. In either case, Judah's allied enemies fell 
out and destroyed each other. [Passages Of Life SB] 

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if 
nothing had yet been done." C.S. Lewis [The 365-Day Devotional