We have the great power to overcome anything in life by worshipping The One True Living God, Yahweh, I AM, Jehovah, in the midst of the attacks on our lives. Sometimes as in my case in 2011, it’s the only thing that keeps us sane. It was at that time, nearly six years ago now, when my beautiful 22 year old son, a Christian college kid who loved the Lord and everyone he met, died in his sleep of a methadone drug overdose on the living room couch one night. It was on the following morning of May 14, 2011 when I got the call while I was having my hair cut at a local beauty salon, saying I should come right away, that his friend had been unable to wake him up and the ambulance was on its way. I’ll never forget it was a beautiful, bright sunny Saturday, May in Mississippi morning, the flowers were blooming all around us and air was just beginning to steam. I remember I didn’t know what to say, I hated to upset my God ordained Hair stylist that morning, a Holy Spirit filled woman that grabbed me and held me in her arms and she prayed the most powerful prayer over me before I drove away. Arriving at the house, there were people already gathered, neighbors, friends, police cars, ambulance, and then suddenly I saw a young man come out of the house, put his hand to his forehead and lean on a tree where he broke in sobs and I knew I was too late. The coroner, a wonderful Christian man who has been called and chosen for this position in our county, came out to me, not wanting me to go inside and see Jordi like that. He told me that my youngest son, the gift I was told I could never carry, the most loving young man, one who his friends described as a peacemaker, had gone into a deep sleep from the drug and his body began to paralyze, his lungs, and then his brain, began to die from lack of oxygen, and he went into convulsions and died between 12 midnight and 1 am. There was nothing anyone could have done at that point and now He was gone.
Psalm 121:2 “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.”
All I knew to do when they took Jordi’s empty lifeless body away to the funeral home was to cry out to my God for help which I did all that night until the sun came up the following day. At one point my husband actually laid in the floor over me, covering my body with his crying out to God to help me survive this and God heard our cries and has been so faithful to His Word to save me from the enemy’s snare.
Jonah 2:2 “I called to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me.”
The following morning I walked into the doors of Pine Grove Church for Sunday morning service where I sat on the second row pew on the left side of the sanctuary, positioning myself as close to the alter of God as I could, to get into the surrender position that I was, lifting my hands in praise because I literally did not know how to survive such a blow as this, BUT God. I knew my God was my only hope of survival. Praising Him for Who He is was all I knew to do. I didn’t understand why, I didn’t understand how, but I knew Who my God is and that He loved my son and me more than I could ever understand so i trusted it was for both our good and would be used for His glory.
Isaiah 41:10 “I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My Righteous right hand.”
Apart from my personal relationship with God through my personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, I could do nothing in my own human strength but curl up and die with my child. But in Praising God, I began to hear the encouragement of the Words of praise and it began to strengthen me. I believed God at His Word that where I can’t do anything on my own, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and you can too. I was put to the test in my faith that day and many days following, but I also put my God to the test of His faithfulness saw every day since that the Lord is faithful and good. His grace is sufficient. Like Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:1-25, I had no plan, I knew my weakness, but I also knew my God. Because of the earthly death of my son, I know my God even more intimately today and I trust Him in all things. I will praise His Name with my dying breath!
We all know from studying the bible that the Israelites were always going back and forth, back and forth, just like us, back and forth in their faithfulness to God. Miracle after miracle Jehovah God would perform in their lives and just like us, their hearts would turn away to their own wants and desires, following their own will until they got in a bind and then they would cry out to God for help. If we are honest, that’s just what we do many times in our lives.
In 2 Chronicles 20:1-25 we find God’s people at the point that they had come back to God as a nation once again under the Rule of King Jehoshaphat who had turned the people of Judah back to the Lord. They think all is well at this point but just like us, when we seek to follow the Lord, the enemy set out to declare war on them, trying to steal, kill, and destroy.
Vs. 2 “A vast army is coming against you”
Vs. 6-7 King Jehoshaphat realizes he did not have the resources within himself to fight this battle. But He did have the wisdom and faith to turn to the One Who did – Jehovah God.
Jehoshaphat seeks the Lord in prayer.
He committed the situation to God, acknowledging only God could save them from the enemy.
He asked for God’s favor as His chosen people.
He acknowledged God’s sovereignty over the current situation.
He praised God’s glory and took comfort in his promises.
He professed complete dependence on God, not himself, for deliverance.
Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout the country.
He decided it was time for him and his people to get serious with God by going without food for a designed time, by separating themselves from the daily routine of food preparation and eating, they could devote that extra time to considering their sin and praying to God for help.
Hunger pangs would reinforce their feelings of penitence and remind them of their weakness and their dependence on God.
Fasting is still a very helpful position to take today when we seek God’s will in special situations.
In humility before God, he admitted his weakness, and that he has no power and he has no plan. He simply held on to what he did know: GOD.
Jehoshaphat chose to stop trying to come up with a human fix, a human way out of trouble, but instead humble himself before God and worship God. Encourage himself and his people by reminding himself, and them, that no one is able to withstand God. God’s own Word tells us today that if God be for us who can be against us. He tells us that no weapon formed against us shall prosper.
Jehoshaphat didn’t have a bible like we do today, but He believed the words of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple (vs 6-7).
He didn’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling within him like we do today when we are a born again child of God, but he believed the power of standing before the temple in God’s presence.
Vs. 10-11 Just like today, the enemy used other people, people they had shown kindness to, to attack them. Although humans will not always repay Christian kindness with kindness, the Lord can be counted on to bless those who bless others.
Vs. 15 The prophet Jahaziel spoke words of comfort to all of Judah and those words are for us today. “The battle is not yours, but God’s. Although we as Christians fight spiritual battles (Eph. 6:12) the battle is still God’s (1Cor. 15:24-25)
Vs. 18-19. Notice the two postures of worship they took: bowing before the Lord in humility and then standing confidently to praise God with voices loud and high. We must position ourselves in this same way when under attack.
Vs. 21 When the day of battle came, Jehoshaphat appointed those who sing to the Lord to lead the army. He used a worship plan as his battle plan.
The word worship that we have today comes from the Old English word Weorthsip – its telling God what His value is to you. We love Him because He first loved us.
Vs. 22-23 The Lord used this same tactic of “worship in the midst of the attack” to confuse the wicked into destroying themselves, the same way He did in Joshua 10:10, Judges 7:22, 1 Samuel 14:20 Isaiah 19:2 and Zech. 14:13.
It’s my prayer for each of you who are in the battle for your lives today that you will take the position that works,
humble yourselves before God,
acknowledge that He is Sovereign,
claim your birthright as a child of the King,
and stand firm and Praise Him Loud for the Victory that He will bring.
God Loves You & I Love You. Keep Walking!