22 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.” (2 Chronicles 20:22)
“Say THANK YOU Paxton,” I chimed in before he could even receive the snack. My friend had just told him that she would get him a small surprise for being a good boy. Yet, she only spoke the words, she hadn’t fulfilled the promise yet. I knew she was going to go grab it, cause I trusted her word. You see, I coaxed Paxton to thank her because she was about to provide it. In the Bible, it instructs us to Praise God for what he is going to do before he actually does it. Now that is Faith in action.
In 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat hears news of an attack by enemy troops. He receives the news, and immediately cries out to the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord tells Jehoshaphat that he will fight the battle for them, they need only be still. The Lord actually tells him not to be afraid, but to stand firm and “see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
You see, in 2nd Chronicles the Lord promises to FIGHT the battle for Jehoshaphat and his men. In the same way, he also promises that he will fight our battles. In hearing the news, what do Jehoshaphat’s army of men do? They begin to sing PRAISES to the Lord for what he is going to do. What he is going to accomplish.
Jehoshaphat instructs his men to sing and praise the Lord for his holiness. “22 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.” (2 Chronicles 20:22)
The Key to unlocking God’s promises is FAITH. Faith is best demonstrated by praise. Let Praise flow from your lips in great anticipation of what God is going to do in your life. Facing a huge battle? Looking towards an unknown future? Moving to an unknown place? Fretting about tomorrow? Worrying about that job? Facing an uphill battle in your marriage? God instructs us to PRAISE the Lord-FOR HE IS WORKING and will DELIVER YOU.