2 Ch 20:17,21-22 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 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.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
We’ve been encouraged by numerous phone calls and emails over the past few days, telling us that people are praying and fasting for Israel and believers in the land — and we so appreciate it, more than words could ever express!
As Israel celebrates its 70th year of existence, events will be taking place throughout the country. The United States will formally open its embassy in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, after noonday prayers at the mosques throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinians will be protesting and leading marches throughout Israel as they call for a day of “Rage” to mark “Nabka Day” which means “Day of the Catastrophe” marking the day that Israel became a nation.
As Israelis will be celebrating, Israel’s defense forces will be on high alert today believing that riots will probably break out today throughout the country.
However, the threat of a major war this year was greatly diminished as Israel’s Air Force literally destroyed most of Iranian’s military infrastructure in Syria within 2 hours last week. Some of the most sophisticated weapons ever developed were deployed, and yet the amazing truth is that we, as believers, have a weapon far more powerful and effective than any man-made weapon ever created — Worship!
So you may ask, how can I stand with Israel today? One way is simply to worship the God of Israel!
Most of us worship God when things are going well. And while worship can and should be a daily joyful exercise, and also an expression of praise for the Lord’s victories, remember that worship has also been commissioned by God’s people as one of the weapons in our spiritual arsenal.
So we can learn something from Jehoshaphat. He assigned worshipers to lead the armies into battle — and Israel crushed her enemies! Worship brought forth the victory in the midst of battle!
In the midst of Israel’s struggles — in the midst of your own spiritual war, learn the power of praise and the weaponry of worship, to disarm principalities and powers in heavenly places. When fears, doubt, discouragement, and despair threaten to overwhelm you — try warring with worship. Learn to praise Him in the midst of the battle…and soon enough you’ll be praising Him even more, for the victory!