I "grew up military", as in, my Dad was a Captain in the US Coast Guard. Uniforms, discipline, 15 minutes early to EVERYTHING was part of my life. I have a deep respect for the men and women in uniform and the incredible circumstances they face as part of the 9-5 daily job.
When there's a war looming on the horizon, all the "extras" stop. There's intense preparation, strategic planning, and serious meetings going on. Even when the odds aren't in their favor, our men and women in the armed forces are ON TOP of the battle plan.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we read about such a moment in Israelite history where they received word from the enemy stating their intent to come in and WIPE OUT the community. The king at the time was a righteous man by the name of Jehoshaphat and he took that threat seriously... but knew they were completely out-maned.
My very favorite part of the whole entire passage is when he takes the threat before the Lord and says, "O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
CAN I just get a huge AMEN for that phrase?!
But it gets better!!! The day of battle arrives and Jehoshaphat makes a decision that literally knocks the breath out of me every time I honestly stop and think about it. When he gets his army ready, he does something pretty unconventional.
He sends the worship team to march along ahead of them and SING praises to God.
Think about that in modern day. Our guys are in Iraq, blazing down the desert in their tanks and humvees and in front of them is Hillsong Worship on a flatbed truck singing What a Beautiful Name.
Why on earth would he do that?! It just seems CRAZY. Well, let's back up a few verses.
In verse 13, we see that BEFORE the battle, the entire assembly gathered together to come before the Lord and seek His face in this impossible battle. Then, something only the God of Israel could do happens... He speaks directly TO His people through the voice of a single individual among them.
A Levite by the name of Jahaziel stands up and says these incredible, amazing words:
"You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you."
So what we see here is a HUGELY foundational truth! Jehoshaphat and his people could send out the praise team ahead of the army because THEY KNEW THE OUTCOME. They already knew that the Lord was going to win the war.
Let's shift this to us as #womeninministry.
I know so many of you are facing impossible battles. I know that there are circumstances, people, family situations, financial struggles, relational devastation, marriage crises, ministry obstacles, and so much more going on right now. I KNOW because I'm also a #womaninministry and I FEEL IT TOO.
Sisters, we can step confidently into battle WITH A SONG OF PRAISE as we face our enemies because we serve a God that has ALREADY WON THE WAR. There might be battles lost, sicknesses that remain unhealed, relationships that go sour despite our best efforts, and finances that just don't seem to meet the end of the month, BUT WE KNOW THE END OF THE STORY.
And let me tell you something. Singing and filling my heart with praise literally shifts something deep inside of me when I'm facing a battle. I don't care if you're a musician or couldn't care LESS about the latest Bethel music album... God delights in the praise of His people and He MOVES when we acknowledge His authority and majesty.
What battle are you facing today? Are you just WEARY of the war before you? Rest. Remember Jesus' words to us: "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world." (John 16:33)
Enjoy this song of praise and sing it before your enemy today. There is so much GRACE awaiting you at Jesus' feet. Go there and REST. Let God fight this battle for you.