Do you ever have moments when you feel like the mountain you are facing is bigger than you are and undefeatable? Or that you are helpless and so small in the face of a giant you are battling? Does it ever feel like the enemy is pressing in on you and gaining ground? Whatever the situation, there is one solution.
Not the singing in church kind, but the kind that stems from a body, soul, and mind united in one focus: God. The kind of worship that prompted King Jehoshaphat of Judah to say:
O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven,
and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations,
and in Your hand is there not power and might,
so that no one is able to withstand You?
Are You not our God,
who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel,
and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
King Jehoshaphat’s Battle
King Jehoshaphat understood a thing or two about facing up to the enemy. His country was in imminent danger of being attacked by a nation far stronger and greater, and it had no viable defense. Not physically, anyway. Although frightened and worried, King Jehoshaphat faced the battle with courage and determination because he knew his God.
The end result was an enemy defeated without even raising a sword. The only weapon lifted in battle that day was the weapon of worship.
Maybe your enemy isn’t facing you with lifted spears and swords, but you feel its fury just the same. Maybe you feel helpless and weak and completely unable to work your way through the problems piled on top of you.
The answer isn’t to gird up your loins and fight harder. Well, maybe it is, but not yet. The first thing you must do is worship. You must understand Who your God is, and you must declare the truth of Him.
Maybe you find yourself stressing out every two weeks because the money runs out before the pay period does. Maybe you have to choose between meat for your family’s nourishment and shoes for their feet. Maybe you are sick and tired of eating rice and beans and bundling up all winter because you don’t want to turn the heat any higher.
Who is your God? Does He not own the cattle on a thousand hills? Does He not see every sparrow fall, and is His eye not on you? Is He not the God who supplies every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus? Does He not feed the birds and clothe the lilies? Will He then fail you? Is not His name Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees your need and supplies it before you even know what you need?
Maybe your beloved is trapped in sin and has no desire to be free. Maybe you have begged and pleaded and nagged and fought to no avail. Maybe their choice has been made and you are forced to stand helplessly by, watching them go farther and farther down a path that leads to certain destruction.
Who is your God? The God who longs to set the captives free and loosen the bonds of sin? Is He willing that any should perish? Though sin abounds, does His grace not abound even more? Is anyone too far gone to find healing and salvation? Is not the blood of Jesus Christ powerful enough to save even the worst sinner? Is not His name Savior, Redeemer, Messiah?
Maybe you are alone and do not have the pleasure of a loving family or a circle of friends. Maybe you long for companionship and the comfort of a kindred soul, but no one walks along with you.
Who is your God? Has He ever left you or forsaken you? Is He not a father to the fatherless, the defender of widows? Is He not a friend who sticks closer than a brother? Are you not written on the palm of His hand, and are you not the apple of His eye? Is He not Emmanuel, God with us? And El Roi, the God who sees?
Maybe you have been misunderstood or falsely accused. Maybe false rumors have been spread about you or friendships have been destroyed because of misperceptions that were never cleared up. Maybe you long to clear your name, but the harder you try, the more smudged it gets.
Who is your God? Does He not fight for you? Will He not bring forth your righteousness as the light? Does He not uphold you in your integrity? Will He not fight for you? Is He not God the Righteous Judge?
Who Is Your God?
No matter what your problem is, or what battle you are engaged in, your God is both willing and able to give you victory. As others have so pithily said, don’t tell your God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is!
What did worship do for Jehoshaphat and the weakened people of Judah? Only this:
You will not need to fight in this battle.
Stand firm, hold your position,
and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’
Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.
Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”
What will worship do for you? Either it will remind you of the greatness of your God so that you are strengthened and encouraged in the battle and reminded how small your problem really is, or it will enable God to act on your behalf to defeat your enemy for you while you stand and watch.
So when the enemy comes knocking down your door, remember: First, worship. Remind yourself who Your God is. And in worship, you will find wisdom and strength to continue, peace in the outcome, and victory over the enemy.