He 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. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “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.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed 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.”
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 Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.
2 Chronicles 20:15-25
God doesn’t want us to do things in our own strength. When we realize this truth, we can find peace and joy even in the middle of trials. The Scripture above should greatly encourage each of us. The Lord tells His people two times – do not be afraid or discouraged. Not once, but twice. He reminds us that the battle is not ours. We need to remember that we are fighting flesh and blood but rather the principalities and authorities in the spiritual world – and this is God’s domain. We are also reminded to be still and listen for God’s direction. If we are quiet and seek Him, He will speak and guide us. Praise and worship is vital in our prayer life. It invites God into our lives. God not only defeated the enemy for His people, but he did it without His people having to lift a finger. They didn’t have to enter the fight at all. The enemy turned against each other and took themselves out. How great is our God! We just need to trust and rest. Praise and worship. We need to sing our praises to show our gratitude to the God of the Universe who loves to deliver us! We just have to sit back, get out of His way and let Him do all the work while we cheer Him on.