«And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever’ » (2 Chronicles 20:21).
AS WE READ in 2 Chronicles 20, there was a historical moment when the tribes of the Moabites, Ammonites, and Edomites declared war on Jehoshaphat, son of Asa and fourth king of Judah. Jehoshaphat never imagined that a great multitude would arrive on the other side of the Dead Sea to attack him. But that is what happened: his three enemies had made an alliance against him.
reaction of that man who had done what was right before God (see 2 Chronicles 17:3) was that of a converted person: «And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord» (verses 3, 4). Then, as an answer, God gave a prophecy to a Levite named Jahaziel, who said to the people, «Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s» (verse 15). They were not to get frightened by the news because God had promised to give them victory. How? Well, that is the most incredible part: they only had to go to the Wilderness of Jeruel to meet the enemy there and God would do the rest.
As easy as that? They only had to walk there and that was it? Yes, as easy as that; end of story. Jehoshaphat designated who would go at the front of the army to sing and praise, and as soon as they began to do those things, the Lord set ambushes among them and they attacked and Idled each other (see 2 Chronicles 20:22, 23).
How wonderful our God is and how He delights in the praise of His people! Though not quite in the same context, there comes to my mind the case of a young mother who shared the same feeling of fear Jehoshaphat felt in his time. Even though warring armies were not coming against her, terrible news did shake her: she had uterine cancer and she was pregnant. What decision did she make? She prayed and continued to praise God, believing in the victory, and she prevailed. God allowed her to win the battle against cancer.
This method involving worship requires believers to exercise faith and joyfully give thanks in advance for the liberation that is to arrive.