Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.
The Moabites and the Ammonites declared war on King Jehoshaphat. When they warned the king that a great army was coming against him, he was afraid. Then he did the best that we can do when we are threatened–He decided to find out what God wanted him to do. So, he proclaimed a fast, and people gathered from all the cities of Judah to seek God’s help. His prayer is recorded in verses 6-12, which ends with the king acknowledging that he doesn’t know what to do, but that he seeks God’s help.
The entire town gathered–men and women, big and small. Everyone, even the little ones, prayed. How important to include children when we seek God’s help and guidance!
God promised to be with them:
- Do not be afraid or discouraged due to this vast army. Because the battle is not yours but God’s.
- You will not have to fight this battle. Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord.
- Do not fear; do not be discouraged. Go out tomorrow to face the enemy, and the Lord will be with you.
Early the next morning, when they left for the Tekoa desert, Jehoshaphat encouraged the people to have faith in the Lord their God. And he appointed those who were to sing and praise the Lord and go ahead of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 20:21b
When they began to march to the rhythm of praise, singing to the Lord, Almighty God ambushed the soldiers who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. Judah’s praise brought victory!
Jehoshaphat and his men did not have to fight. The armies that had come against him fought each other. The king and his men simply gathered the spoil. It took them three days to gather it all! Then what did they do? On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Beracah (Blessing) to praise the Lord.
After that they marched with joy to Jerusalem, because the Lord had given them reason to rejoice over their enemies. To the sound of harps, lyres and trumpets, marching to the rhythm of praise, they entered the temple of the Lord.
I love this story! What a beautiful example to teach children about praise and gratitude. With praise we express our gratitude to God. Jehoshaphat led the people in praise BEFORE the battle and led them in praise AFTER the battle. He even named “Blessing” the valley where they praised.
Praise opens the door to miracles! Just as the apparently dead trees come alive in springtime, new life can arise in our circumstances apparently more than dead. Praise the Lord! Praise that springs from a grateful heart brings victory!
Whatever battle you’re facing, follow Jehoshaphat’s approach. March to the rhythm of praise!
Welcome to read The Treasure Club “Praise” stories, numbers 45 & 46.
The Treasure Club children were inspired by Jehoshaphat’s example and did a parade. Maybe your student’s too can be inspired to do a parade! Blessings to all!