The Warrior

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Interesting how there are so many movies about WWII that have singing in them. I wouldn’t normally combine war and singing, but many have – even God.

This scripture comforts me with the thought that the God who is powerful and mighty, who is called the Mighty Warrior, not only saves me, but also rejoices over me with singing. That thought builds confidence. I’m in awe of a God who saves and sings.

In 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, the story is told of a faithful leader who knew how to work with God. King Jehoshaphat prayed about the fact that their enemies were coming against them, and he heard God’s response: “You will not need to fight in this battle…”(verse 17). Then the king appointed singers to go out before the army. The choir was leading Jehoshaphat's army when he led his people out to see how God was going to defeat their enemies. In verse 22 we read, “Now when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” There is no reason to fear when God tells you in advance that he will give you the victory.

God had a praise choir going while all the dead bodies fell to the ground. Maybe He wanted a great movie soundtrack to listen to while pitting the enemy armies against each other.

Did the music matter? It did to God. He wanted to show Jehoshaphat’s people something important. He wanted them there so they could see God’s battle plan. No matter how strong your army is, God’s arm is stronger. God’s arm is longer. God’s arm is more protective than any man’s army.

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