Rhythms of Grace, Weekly Devotional, 25 July 2021

Praise the Lord we truly made it through a week of high tension of National proportions.

Most High we give you all our praises.

As we go forward today holding our positions of faith, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, remembering the goodness of God.

Again I’m reminded that in 2 Chronicles 20 when Jehoshaphat began to worship and the worshippers did the same, they started singing their specific praises and upon doing so the enemy turned on each other… we know this story well.

But in reading it yet again the words came alive to me. Where Jehoshaphat says; “O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?” 2 Chronicles 20:7 NLT

I just felt like God was talking to us.

… are we not your ‘friend’, “oh Lord please help us this day!”

Then later in the first chapter as they begin to sing… the three enemy armies turn on each other… literally as the Israelites began to sing.

But look here at what they sing; “After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!” 2 Chronicles 20:21 NLT

In the Amplified version it says they gave ‘thanks and sang’

This means they were confident that God would save them.

We still have many battles to face going forward but whatever it is, when you seek God and find His word for you in the situation, He will give you peace.

We see after the enemy turns against each other, when the Israelites arrive… not one of the enemies had survived.

“At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.” 2 Chronicles 20:22, 24 NLT

Praise brings us to our deliverance every time. God will not let us down. This is the confidence we have!

I wasn’t sure what would happen last week but when fear crept in, it was praising God in that moment that we are here today and we get to sing of a new dawn.

His mercy endures forever 🛡

Have a blessed week and keep rejoicing.

Blessings 🕊