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2 Chronicles 20 describes a battle about to take place during the reign of Jehoshaphat. During this time the children of Moab the children of Ammon and the Ammonites, sought to fight against Jehoshaphat. This attack struck fear in the heart of Jehoshaphat so he sought the Lord and directed all of Judah to fast and seek the Lord. In verses 6-9 Jehoshaphat recalls who the Lord is and how He has delivered Israel in the past. During verses 11-12 Jehoshaphat begins to remind God of His promises to Israel and of their (the Israelis) powerlessness against such a great army. After acknowledging his powerlessness, he says to the Lord, “but our eyes are upon thee”.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jahaziel has he reminded the people, that the battle is not theirs but the Lords. The Lord told them that they would not have to fight this battle, but to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The next day Jehoshaphat tells the people to believe in the Lord and in his prophets and they shall be established and prosper. Then Jehoshaphat appointed singers to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, and as they sing praises to the Lord, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies. 

Whats important to take away from this story is the following: 1) Whenever you are face with an attack, or seek the Lord first, everything happens out of relationship. Jesus said in John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. 2) Realize who the Lord is, what He has done, and His promises to you. The new testament is full of promises that God has given to His people. In Mark 6:50-52 Jesus expressed His displeasure with his disciples for their fear of their boat sinking instead of remembering how Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fishes (demonstration His power over the laws of nature). 3) Understanding that the battle does not belong to you, but to the Lord. Paul tells us that our weapons are not carnal, but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds. Jesus says in John 15 that without Him we can do nothing. Obviously we cannot fight the devil alone, flesh cannot fight spirit, so yielding the Lord and allowing Him to fight the battle is our only solution. 


What is worship:

Before we expore the benefits of worship. It is important that we have an understading of what worship is, and what is not. What is worship? The Hebrew word for worship is shachah which means to prostrate (in homage to God); to humbly beseech. True worship is an intimate and deep awe for God from the heart.

What worship is not:

The bible talks about ignorant worship, in Acts 17:23 where Paul confronts the Greeks for worshiping an unknown deity. Knowledge of who God is is important when worshiping Him Psalm 47:7

The bible talks about vain worship, in Matthew 15:7-9. The problem Jesus had with the Pharisees form of worship was 1) They would worship God with their lips, but their heart was not dedicated to God and 2) The commandments of God were not as important (i.e honoring father and mother) as their traditions (i.e. washing hands). Jesus called this vain worship because it was not from the heart and the law of God which is far more important was held below traditions of men.

The bible also talks about will worship, in Colossians 2:23 where Paul is referring to doctrines of men (refraining from such things that God says is okay to touch/eat) that this type of worship appears as if it one has devotion to God through the act of false humility even though they do not edify the flesh in any way. An example of this is people who wont take a job because they think they should live off of “faith” for their finances even though there is nothing wrong with working for a living (2 Thessalonians 3:17-20).

What worship is:

True worship is also God-centered. It ascribes worth and appreciation to God out of a heart of gratitude (Psalm 100: 1-5) and is reinforced with godly living. Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. Worshiping God in spirit means walking in the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). David said this in Psalm 96:9. Worshipping God in truth means worshipping God in purity, not selfishly, not religiously, not bound by temples or times or dates, but worshiping God anywhere, at any time, because He is God (John 4:20-21, Acts 17:24-25, 1 Peter 2:5).