When I was a little boy I wanted to join the Vienna Boys’ Choir. My voice was clear and my pitch was high. In high school, my voice was deeper, but I still enjoyed choir. However, now that I’m in my 60’s, things have radically changed. My voice sounds like I’m gargling rocks and I can no longer carry a tune. I only try to sing along with the radio when I’m alone!
There is an amazing story of a choir recorded in 2 Chronicles 20 of our Bibles. King Jehoshaphat (let’s call him JOE) was king of Judah. He was told that some armies were marching against his nation. He called the people to fast and to pray. Leading out in prayer, he said, “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” God responded in a most unusual way. He told JOE to send out the choir ahead of his soldiers! “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”
I doubt that the Joint Chiefs of Staff would think it a very effective strategy to put a choir on the front lines. Music may have a powerful effect on people, but I don’t think it would convince an enemy to put down its weapons. However, it wasn’t the music that was the source of power. God was showing that He wasn’t limited by the size of JOE’s army.
There are three valuable insights that we can
observe in JOE’s prayer.
ONE – “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.” It is good to acknowledge that our resources are insufficient to meet the need of the moment. It reminds us that we need God. It also should remind us that God is not limited by our lack of anything. Paul told us that “God will meet all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
TWO – “We do not know what to do.” There are many times when we aren’t sure which path to take, which way to turn. James told us that He is not going to make us feel foolish when we ask Him for wisdom and direction. God can see much farther and more clearly than I can, and it’s a sign of strength to admit that I need God to direct my steps.
THREE – “Our eyes are upon You.” The Scripture tells me to “fix my eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). I can’t see Him with my physical eyes, but I am to have the heart attitude that says, “Jesus, I’m going to follow Your lead.”
What are you facing these days? Do you feel like you’re going to drown? JOE felt this same way. Perhaps God is calling you to follow his example of gathering some friends to fast and to pray, like he did. Don’t be surprised if God tells you to relax with some good music and to trust Him with your troubles.