I am... An Advocate| Week 4: Victory
WORSHIP IN THE WAR
Israel’s first army was very peculiar. They were not the best equipped nor the best trained, they won battles they should have lost and defeated armies that were by all accounts seemingly unbeatable. Perhaps the most peculiar thing about them was that While most armies put their bravest, strongest and most famous warriors at the front of the army, Israel did something controversial and still considered down right insane. They set their musicians first. Their version of a worship team would lead the army. Not the strongest, nor the most famous, nor did they bring up the Ark of The Covenant first. They sent the worshipers first.
This had an amazing effect. 1) It was almost psychological warfare. While other armies hurled insults at the Israelites, they simply praised God for the victory before they even showed up at the battle field. This caused disarray in the opposing warriors. The Israelites seemed unconcerned their God had won and it felt like this “battle” was just a formality. 2) Most of the time, the opposing army would run away before the battle when they heard the joyous sounds and shouts of Israel’s army because it sounded like there was a bigger army coming. They had heard the stories about the army of Israel whose God defeated Pharaohs army and destroyed Jericho.
The worshippers go first, because when God is on your side, you are guaranteed a victory so you might as well celebrate. Something powerful happens when you worship God: The enemy trembles because your songs are declaring the truth the God will win and has already won the victory. Worship is more than merely singing the most modern worship songs, it is more than just a time during Sunday morning church. You are in fact declaring God’s victory and claiming the defeat of the enemy. Therefore Therefore the worshipers go ahead of God’s army: GOD HAS ALREADY WON!
Read and underline the verses on below in your Bible. Write any verses that jump out at you on some paper or a journal, so you don’t forget them.
Read and underline the verses on the following page in your Bible.
2 Chronicles 20:21-26
21 After consulting with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed musicians to play for the Lord, praising his majestic holiness. They were to march out before the warriors, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord because his faithful love lasts forever!” 22 As they broke into joyful song and praise, the Lord launched a surprise attack against the Ammonites, the Moabites, and those from Mount Seir who were invading Judah, so that they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and the Moabites turned on those from Mount Seir, completely destroying them. Once they had finished off the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy each other!
24 When Judah arrived at the point overlooking the wilderness, all they could see were corpses lying all over the ground. There were no survivors. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his army came to take the loot, they found a great amount of cattle, goods, clothing, and other valuables—much more than they could carry. In fact, there was so much it took three days to haul it away. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in Blessing Valley, where they blessed the Lord. That’s why it is called Blessing Valley to this day.
Ephesians 1:22 CEB)
22 God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church.
In your opinion, how can worship be a weapon?
Why do you think its important to celebrate God’s victory?
What would change if you more fully accepted that your worship is a powerful weapon
Take a few moments to reflect and worship God on your own?
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