2 Chronicles 20:20-23 - Give Thanks To The LORD, For His Love Endures Forever.
2 Chronicles 20:20-23: Give Thanks To The LORD, For His Love
2 Chronicles 20:20-23 (NIV) Early in the morning they left for
the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,
"Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD
your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you
will be successful." After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat
appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of
his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give
thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever." As they began to
sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and
Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to
destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men
from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
People facing fear have often resorted to song. But for God's
people, it's not any old song. When King Jehoshaphat was confronted by a
great force of allied armies, he had his people fast, pray, and then
he assembled the troops... placing the choir out in front of the
army! As they marched, the singers lifted up praise to the beauty of
God's holiness. And as they sang and praised the Lord, the opposition
was thrown into confusion.
Songs and hymns of praise clear the air like nothing else. If
you're in any kind of spiritual conflict, the best defense is to sing.
It's a way of resisting the devil. Singing is also the best offense.
Songs of praise will confuse the enemy and send the devil's hoards
hightailing. Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, wrote: "I truly believe
Satan cannot endure the power of song and so slips out of the room...
when there is a hymn of praise. Prayer rises more easily, more
spontaneously, after one has let those wings, words and music, carry one out of
oneself into that upper air."
Victory over the enemy can be yours for a song! Sing a hymn
or a worship chorus as you march into your day or wrap up your
evening. And if you can't sing, read one of David's praise psalms out
loud. To begin and end the day with God's praise will do much to chase
away dark thoughts, and open the door to peace.
Lord, you are worthy of endless praise. Help me to make room
in my thoughts for the songs that declare your greatness and love
before both men and angels. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional:
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: