He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army. 2 Chronicles 20:21
In 2 Chronicles 20, an army invaded Judah from the South, and King Jehoshaphat had no way to save his city. He felt a surge of panic, but he pulled himself together to summon the public for prayer. In front of a tense population, he prayed, “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (verse 12).
When he finished praying, no sound was heard. Suddenly a prophet shouted, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (verse 15).
The next day, Judah’s armies marched into battle, but, in an unlikely military strategy, the musicians went first, praising the Lord, singing, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (verse 21). The armies of the enemy were plundered, and God won the victory.
If you have circumstances coming against you today, march forward with singing, praise, and prayer. The battle is not yours, but God’s.
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before! Sabine Baring-Gould
2 Chronicles 20