Singing in Battle

Yesterday we saw that Jehoshaphat “set his face to seek the Lord” when he received terrifying news. He called on others to join him in fasting and prayer and God used Jahaziel to deliver this reassuring message to the entire assembly:

[box]“Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (v.12)[/box]

Immediately Jehoshaphat responds with worship. He drops to the ground, and with his face in the dirt, Jehoshaphat demonstrates gratitude and trust, and acknowledges that God alone deserves worship. The proper response to God’s position of authority is getting face down! And everyone in the assembly follows Jehoshaphat’s lead.

Remember on Tuesday that I shared with you how I recently pulled out a “forgotten weapon?” One important weapon that is vital in battling our spiritual enemy is song. While all of Judah is on their faces in awe and worship of the God who will go to battle for them, a certain group of Levites stand up:

[box]The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice. (2 Chron. 20:19)[/box]

Now it is important to know who these guys are and what is happening here. If we look back to 1 Chronicles 6, we see that these were the men who David designated to minister “in song” before the tabernacle until the temple was built. This was Israel’s choir. And at the point when God’s people were facing this terrifying enemy, the worship leaders stepped in to fulfill their vital role in battle. They sang praises to God. They sang LOUD praises to God!

Singing to God is a key component of spiritual battle.

I don’t know a lot about spiritual warfare, but I’ve studied Scripture long enough to pick up this theme running through passages on spiritual battle.

Spiritual, God-centered songs are a powerful weapon against the enemy. 

  • Remember our instructions about being filled with the power of the Spirit and how singing songs to the Lord is evidence of that?
  • Remember what Paul and Silas were doing while they were spending the night in prison? While they were singing songs to God, He brought the earthquake that set them free!

Music is a spiritual tool created by God and it is a powerful weapon against the enemy. We see it so clearly depicted in this story from Jehoshaphat’s life. But we should also take note that God still uses the power of song today as an “assault weapon” on the enemy.

When it was time to face the enemy in battle, Jehoshaphat challenges everyone to believe God. The people demonstrated their trust in God by singing. They put on the front lines the most powerful warriors for the battle: the singers. They singers went first—before the army—and this was what they were singing as they stepped onto the battlefield:

[box]“Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”[/box]

At the point when they began to sing and praise the Lord, He set the ambush and routed the enemy! Judah was delivered and provided for through the spoil they took from their enemy. They returned from battle just as they went out—singing.

One day this battle will be over, and in victory we will stand and sing to our God:

[box]And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.

And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the nations!

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy;

What song will you sing as you face today’s battle?

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  • Vivian Etherington

    “Lord I come, I confess, bowing here I find my rest. Without You I fall apart; You’re the One who guides my heart! Lord, I need You, O I need You! Every hour, I need You; my one Defense, my righteousness, O God how I need You!
    (Chris Tomlin sings this on one of the Passion CD’s)