A sure fire way to confuse the enemy is to praise God in the middle of a situation. Yes, I said PRAISE GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF A SITUATION. The world’s way says to be depressed, fearful, worried, anxious, and try to figure it out; but God’s way says to “Praise and worship Me, and let Me handle it.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather give my problems to the One who can handle them and continue to enjoy my life as if I never got the problem in the first place. If you’ve never read 2 Chronicles 20, I highly encourage you to study it. It tells of King Jehoshaphat being attacked by numerous armies. After he received the news, Jehoshaphat was terrified. Now, feeling fear is not a sin, but it’s what we do with that fear that will be counted as sin or not. Jehoshaphat was afraid, and rightfully so, but he took that fear and gave it to God, “Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the LORD for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting (2 Chronicles 20:3 NLT). When you get a problem and get over your initial reaction, you need to get before the Lord to see how to handle it. This lets God know that you are relying solely on Him. Jehoshaphat even admits, “We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help” (see 2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT). You may have problem after problem, but what you need to do is say “Lord, I’m being attacked on every side and I don’t know what to do, but I’m looking to you for help.” Words like that backed by total faith gets God’s attention.
After praying, fasting, and admitting that he didn’t know what to do, a Word from the Lord came to one of the men in the camp saying they didn’t need to be worried or afraid; that they didn’t need to fight, and to take their positions because the Lord would fight the battle for them (see 2 Chronicles 20:13-17). King Jehoshaphat made a conscious decision to send praise singers out in front of the army. Notice he held on to the Word that was given to him by the Lord and decided to believe it. He believed it so much that the praise singers stood in front of their army singing praises to God. You have to do this sometimes…get your mind off of what the situation looks like and get your mind on God who can deliver you:
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
Here’s the climax…once they began singing, God moved because praise gets God to move. The army got so confused that they killed the other armies that were present, but wait…they even killed each other!
At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.
2 Chronicles 20:22-24 NLT
Now tell me God isn’t good. Not only did they not have to fight the battle as promised, but to top it off they received goods from the armies. It was so much that it took them three days to collect it all. That’s how God works…not only will He defeat your enemies for you, He will make them pay personally for coming against you:
King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.
2 Chronicles 20:25-26 NLT
I know it may sound crazy, but a lot of what God tells us to do won’t make sense to our natural mind. You have to learn how to get out of “self-pity” and “woe is me” and open your mouth and praise God for deliverance and victory. You need to learn how to laugh at the devil. God laughs, and He laughs at situations and people who think they are mightier than Him, “But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them” (Psalms 2:4 NLT). If the Lord Almighty can sit in heaven and laugh, why can’t you laugh! The devil wants to see you depressed, but the joy of the Lord is your strength. He is your safe refuge and your strong tower. He is for you and will fight your enemies and your battles for you. If that’s not worthy of praise, then nothing is!
- If you get a bad report from the doctor, laugh!
- If you get another bill you can’t pay, laugh!
- If someone comes against you, laugh!
- If your boss is acting funny, laugh!
- If things seem to be turning for the worse, laugh!
Confuse the enemy and watch him devour himself. Stand on the Word of the Lord and get before Him and see what He wants you to do. You need to dance, shout, laugh, sing, praise and worship like you already have the victory because Romans 8:37 tells us that we are more than conquerors. If this didn’t encourage you, it surely encouraged me. I don’t think we fully realize the might, power, and goodness of God. Romans 8:31 says if God be for us, who can be against us. There is nothing or anyone who can take you out when God is on your side. There’s so much that you can get out of 2 Chronicles 20 that will benefit your life, a lot of which aren’t discussed here. Take the time to study it and build yourself up in the Lord.