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Many see it acceptable to worship when all is going well, when their Bank account is full, or when everything around them is going on smooth. Fair enough thats okay…However a deeper encounter happens when we worship God in bad times! – Prophet Habakuk caught this revelation in Chapter 3 verses 17-19 – He says ” 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
You may be passing through a challenging time (v17), but know that the LORD GOD is your strength and will always fight your battle and deliver you. Hear what the Psalmist says – “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” — Psalm 18:1-3 KJV
Do you remember the story of King Jehoshaphat? (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) . He was a king of Judah… He knew the importance of making God first in his life and in the lives of his people. From the very beginning, he began removing all those idol shrines throughout the country. He knew that no god made out of rock or wood could help his people. He urged them all to turn their heart to the one true God. Only God could really help his people. And his efforts paid off in a very big way. During his reign, their faith was put to the test when three great armies came against them. When word of the invasion reached Jehoshaphat, he immediately declared a fast for all of Judah. He commanded everyone, young and old, to gather at Jerusalem to seek an answer from the Lord.
Jehoshaphat stood among the crowd and prayed, – “O God of our fathers, You are above every other kingdom. You led us out of Egypt and drove out all the inhabitants of this land before us. When we have faced trouble, you have delivered us. Now the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir are coming against your people. These are the same nations that You prevented us from destroying when we left Egypt. We have no strength to face this vast army, but we know You have a plan to deliver us!”
And so all of Jerusalem waited patiently for the Lord to speak…
And then the spirit of the Lord spoke through a Levite named Jahaziel who said, “Don’t be afraid of this vast army because the battle is not yours, but Mine. Tomorrow, march down to meet them, for I will be with you. You will not fight this battle. You will stand still and see My salvation.”
And then Jehoshaphat and all of Jerusalem bowed to the ground and worshipped the Lord. And the Levites stood up and praised the Lord.
The next morning they got up early and prepared to march out to meet the invaders. Jehoshaphat addressed the army, “Listen to me Judah and residents of Jerusalem; Trust in the Lord your God and you will never fail. Believe His prophets and you will always prosper!”
He then appointed a choir to march before the army and praise God. As they marched they sang, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy lasts forever!” And as soon as they started praising God, confusion erupted in the invaders’ camps. Two of the armies turned on the other and destroyed it. Then, they turned on each other until every soldier was killed.
When Jehoshaphat’s army reached a hill overlooking the invaders’ camps, there was nothing but dead soldiers as far as they could see. None had escaped.! Jehoshaphat’s army ransacked the enemies’ camp and found precious jewels, clothes, weapons, animals and food in abundance. It took them three days to remove all the loot. On the fourth day they gathered in the valley and praised the Lord for the great victory. They returned to Jerusalem with joy, playing trumpets and harps in celebration.
The rest of Jehoshaphat’s reign was very peaceful. All the nearby countries heard how God had fought for Judah. They knew that any attack on Judah was an attack on God, and no man can fight against the one true God.
Lesson learned: When you give GOD a heartfelt Praise & Worship, you engage the host of heaven..and you are rest assured the battle is won! Irrespective of what your situation is please don’t stop Praising Until Something Happens!
Blessings! – JTT