21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord;
his faithful love endures forever!” — 2 Chronicles 20:21 NLT
When we look around us and we see that we are facing troubles and trials above and beyond that which we are capable of handling because of our human weaknesses and frailties, that is the time that we must muster all of our faith and courage and trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and minds. God has a reason for every trouble that He allows satan to bring into our lives. Sometimes it is to bring us closer to Him, to increase our faith in Him and to teach us that we can never live independently from Him. Sometimes, it is discipline for bad decsions we have made either in our speech and/or in our actions. Either way, our repsonse should be the same as the people of Judah here in this passage. When the circumstances and situations say there is no hope, we must turn to our Hope. The times that we don’t “feel” like praying, praising and singing are the very times that we need to pray, praise and sing the loudest. This lets us, satan and the world know that we have placed our faith in the one and only true Living God and that we know He will deliver us. Our part in the battle is to be obedient and praise the Lord, He will win the battles for us. Fighting with satan is a battle that we can’t win, but we serve a Lord who can’t lose. So, when satan comes against us, we need to stand, sing, shout and watch as Jesus wins the complete victory.
For me this is a timely word as I’m suffering with a broken ankle after being hit by a car while walking. I will praise God and give Him thanks for He is good!
Wow, David, sorry to hear about your accident. I will be praying for a quick mend on the ankle.. Yes, God is good and His mercies are new every morning, though sometimes we may have to view through the early morning fog. Nevertheless, the sun is still shining above the clouds!