Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty you are my King. You who slain the giants in my life and I give you praise. Praise goes to you for the love you have released to me and insisting that you go before me in all things. O Holy God you are amazing. The skies are your tapestry of brilliance that opens are eyes to your glory. What can you not do? Who is more worthy of praise then you? No one compares to your greatness and majesty; we all pale at your reflection. But, we bow and thank you for your death on the cross that has freed us from slavery of sin. We sing of your praises for your rising from the dead and reigning at the right hand of your Father. Your sacrifice has resounded over all the earth in a booming Hallelujah to our King. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8) You have become our redeemer, healer, and our King. All honor and praise to you Almighty King, Great Shepherd, Lamb of God, the Great I AM, maker of my heart and soul, deliver and forever sealed we thank you. Praise ye Jah!!!
Our God is worthy of our Praise and honor from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets; the name of the Lord is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3)
The Bible is our handbook to how we are to serve our God in the beauty of his holiness. (1Ch. 16:29) For our God is holy; He is worthy of our praise and honor to his name. (1Peter 2:17)
The Jewish nation exists to be our light to the word; to show us God’s truth in action. Jews endured hardship and struggle but their God miraculously saved them so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord!
In the Old Testament we see examples of God’s praise and honor in 2Chronicles 20 we see that the king of Judah has heard that a vast army was coming to make war with them and King Jehoshaphat goes to acquire from the LORD, ³and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. ⁴The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
The king was alarmed that an enormous army is coming towards Judah. He does not consult the prophets, another king or a best friend. The king purposes in his heart to consult Almighty God. Seek first the kingdom of God and then the Lord will direct your ways. (Matthew 6:33) God directed the king to ‘call all’ to fast and pray. ‘Let us’ find this answer together people of Judah. ‘Let us’ work as a team to seek God’s face together. God is in control. King Jehoshaphat has learned to fear God’s righteousness and focus his eyes on his glory. The God of his ancestors has done wonderful things; our God will do it again. And we know that in all things God works for good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
This is not the first time this Jewish people have come together to seek God’s face. When we continually do the same thing each time we go into battle; it will become second nature like the people of Judah. We do not need a vast army coming against us to call on the Lord. We can seek his face through all life’s situations good or bad. The Lord is listening in his throne room to all our concerns. Big or small concerns it doesn’t matter He is there. (Psalm 18:6)
King Jehoshaphat stands up from his humble position before the God and said: ⁶ “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. ⁷O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? ⁸They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ⁹ ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ The king continues to speak about the vast army coming and that ¹²we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
All eyes are on you, Lord
The king is stating his allegiance to a King that has blessed the Jewish people as far back as Abraham. God has made Israel his favorite and kept them safe as long as they sought his face. Clearly, God is in control of his king Jehoshaphat and his people fear him; with that fear come a reliance on God for deliverance. ¹²We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” We wait to hear from you, my Lord. This people are humble before their King. God has earned their respect. “All eyes are on you, Lord.” Judah is waiting on God.
Now all of Judah stands to their feet and the ¹⁴Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah. ¹⁵He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. God says the battle is not ours it is His battle. Take your men tomorrow and march against them and ¹⁷stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. Do you know what Jehoshaphat did?
Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. Reliefs from a long day of seeking God’s face and answer to a prayer from a God of promises and faithfulness; to a people who desires to have a relationship with their God. These people fear God with reverence to whom: God is the Great I AM.
God is the Great I AM.
The day of the battle the king gathers his warriors and gives them a pep talk. ²°“Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful. King Jehoshaphat was saying trust God and He will keep you safe from harm and trust in the prophets or in our case trust our teachers of the word. But, first trust God with all our hearts and the Lord will give us the wisdom to live with the giants of the land. Trusting God will give you success. Next, King Jehoshaphat ²¹appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” ²²As they began to sing and praise, the LORD, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The enemies of Judah turned on themselves and destroyed each other until each one was killed. Judah rejoiced in their victory over their enemies. ²⁸They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lutes and trumpets. ²⁹The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. The people of Judah praise God before the battle and praise him after the battle. The God of Israel gave King Jehoshaphat peace on all of his borders.
Jehoshaphat prayer show God’s power over people and their situations; secondly, it is showing God’s faithfulness present and past; thirdly, God’s people desperately need God’s help; fourthly, God’s promises to his people make a foundation of faith; and lastly, when God is an active member of your life you will see deliverance and victory.
True worship of God
Jehoshaphat is one example of true worship of God. When we come to the throne we come with boldness and inward reverence and purity. We come truly seeking his face for communion and faith to believe in answer prayer.
What have we learned?
- That when we seek God’s face with reverence; he will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
- Gather others together to pray or fast with you. (Matthew 18:20)
- Praise the Lord with thanksgiving and song before you go to battle and after the battle. (Psalm 47:6)
- Give God the glory. (1Chronicles 16:8)
We who have Jesus Christ living and breathing in us have so much to Praise Jesus for. We have no excuses for why we aren’t celebrating Jesus Christ life, death, and resurrection. If we are not; are we truly his?
First, do you have the fruits of the Spirit: are you reading the Bible; are you sharing your testimony with others; are you going to a Bible believing church that preaches the gospel; are you in a growth group growing and sharing life with others; and are you Baptist in the Holy Spirit and in water?
If you are struggling with any of those things that maybe you need to rededicate your life to Christ; because you should have a spark of light in this dark world. People should see a difference in your life compare to others. (John 12:36) The Lord has called us to be ready; to always give hope to others. (1Peter 3:15) For this reason we need to know God’s word and what it says so that your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Now let us go out and celebrate God’s son Jesus Christ: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8) Let your praise ring through-out the world in every tongue and nation that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah this says ‘Praise ye Jah’.
Praise you Lord for helping me through this writing that has taken so long. Thank you for teaching me the way to worship you in Spirit and in truth the way the Jewish nation has done for generations. Praise you Abba for your guidance through the scripture and clarifying it for me. Thank you for opening my eyes.
I stand and pray that your people who are struggling with what ifs that you reveal yourself to them. Open their eyes to the truth of your birth, death and resurrection life so that they are truly live like no other. I pray that we step out to what you are calling us to do and that is to live according to your word and not by what we think. Abba is praise! In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.