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Summary: We learn from the story of Jehoshaphat just what our spiritual weapons are.

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Can you imagine what the enemy thought as they heard the choir singing, “Praise ye the LORD for his mercy endureth forever.”

ILL: I preached on this verse once and after the service a choir member said, “it’s about time the choir got some respect.”

C. WE OUGHT TO PRAISE THE LORD AFTER THE VICTORY IS WON. After God gave them such a wonderful victory, the people “assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.”

In other words, the praise that began before the battle, and during the battle, continued after the battle was over.

Remember, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” Prayer, the Word of God, and praise are three of our greatest weapons as we engage in spiritual warfare. May God help us to be a people of prayer, a people of the word, and a people of praise.

JEHOSHAPHAT

Based on 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

When Jehoshaphat heard

The enemy was in the land,

He knew for certain

That war was at hand.

The enemy was so strong

And Judah felt so small,

From the surface it looked

That Judah was about to fall.

There was no earthly way

That Judah could win,

In this war

That was about to begin.

So Jehoshaphat called the people to pray

Throughout the land,

Cause their only hope

Was for God to show His hand.

He remembered what God

Had done in the past,

And believed God would help again

At long last.

He confessed their weakness

Against a foe so strong,

And prayed that God would come

And deliver them from this wrong.

“Oh, our God,” He prayed,

“We don’t know what to do,

All we know, dear Lord,

Is that our eyes on You.”

Then God sent a preacher

Who delivered God’s Word,

“Don’t be afraid,” He said,

Was the message they heard.

“The Battle is not yours

For it belongs to God.”

Then they knelt in worship

With their faces to the sod.

With joy in their hearts

They began to praise,

They formed a choir

And a song they did raise.

“Praise ye the LORD”

They sang with voices loud and clear.

“His mercy endures forever,”

And their hearts were filled with cheer.

Suddenly Moab and Ammon

Turned against Mt. Seir,

Then they turned on each other

As enemy hearts filled with fear.

To the wilderness, Judah looked,

And what did they see?

The dead corpses of their enemies

Cause their God had set them free.

As they returned to Jerusalem,

They did praise and shout,

Cause their God gave them rest

From their enemies round about.

Frank Lay © 11/05/04


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Brad Green

commented on Jul 14, 2017

Good word, Mr. Lay! Thank you for sharing it.

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