2 Chronicles 20:15b - The Lord's Battle and Our Prayers and Praise.

2 Chronicles 20:15b - The Lord's Battle and Our Prayers and 

2 Chronicles 20:15b (KJV)  Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason 
of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 

2 Chronicles 20:15b (NIV)  Do not be afraid or discouraged 
because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.  


Seek the Lord. When you see big problems on the horizon, seek 
the Lord before you do anything else. What does that mean? It means 
to do what Jehoshaphat and Judah did. They remembered who God is 
(v.6), what He did in the past (v. 7) and what He said He would do in 
the future (vv. 8-9). It means to trust Him and keep your eyes on 
Him by faith (v. 12). 
Hear the Lord. God always has a special word for those who turn 
to Him for help. When you face a battle, spend much time in His 
Word and in prayer, for then He will give you that needed word of 
Praise the Lord. The battle was won by the singers, standing in 
the most dangerous place of all--between two armies. But they sang 
the Lord's praises and routed the enemy. The choir praised God after 
God gave the word (v. 19), before the battle (v. 21), and after the 
victory (vv. 28-28), a good pattern for us to follow in our praise. 
In Hebrew, Berachah means "blessing" (v.26). Even a valley can 
become a place of blessing if we learn how to praise the Lord. "Prayer 
changes things" is a familiar saying that is certainly true. But it is 
also true that "praise changes things." Why? Because true praise 
changes people, and God can work in and through people who praise Him. 
True praise involves faith, hope, and love, the strongest weapons in 
the Christian armory. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 
Wiersbe re 2Ch. 20] 


As a believer in Jesus you can come boldly into your heavenly 
Father's throne room and seek his help and mercy. King Jehoshaphat did 
just that. His nation was in obvious jeopardy and he immediately 
sought God's help in a public manner, calling together all of his 
people to fast and pray.  
His prayer had six essential parts: 
(1) He acknowledged that God's intervention was the only way 
their nation would be saved;  
(2) He acknowledged how God had helped them over and over again; 
(3) He admitted God's complete sovereignty over the situation; 
(4) He praised God; 
(5) He took comfort in God's promises; 
(6) He placed his dependence on God alone for the deliverance of 
his people.  
Because of Jehoshaphat's prayer, God spoke through Jahaziel, 
assuring the people that they should have no fear--the battle would be 
God's, not theirs. But it all began with a humble prayer. God always 
listens to his children when they humbly turn to him in prayer. [The One 
Year Bible for New Believers re 2Ch. 20:5-17] 

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]