Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness. II Chronicles 20:21a
Aside from voluntary participation in elementary school choir, I’ve never had a formal singing lesson.
Basically, I can’t sing.
Well, no, that’s not true. I CAN sing, just not good enough to handle a mic and be invited to the stage. No one’s asking me to, either.
Despite my less-than-admirable singing talent, God has appointed me to sing on a daily basis. Moment to moment. During the light and airy breezes of good news and prosperity and throughout the dark shadows of sorrow and difficulty.
He isn’t looking for soulful melody, a deep range, a tuned and lyrical voice. Rather, a song born from a faith in His goodness no matter what the landscape of life might look like.
Let’s be honest. Some seasons aren’t so Normal Rockwall-ish. But others are the makings of a masterpiece.
In all circumstances, God has appointed me to sing about it.
Spring up, o well! Sing about it… Numbers 21:17
Turns out, singing is a mighty effective weapon against the enemy.
When King Jehoshaphat was informed that his enemies – the Moabites, Amorites, and Meunites – had come to make war on him (II Chronicles 20:1), he sought help from God (vs 3). After standing to pray among the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem (5-12), King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground to worship the Lord (vs 18a).
The people of Judah followed suit (vs 18b).
Then some Levites…stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice (vs 19).
It doesn’t say a very loud harmonious and lovely voice. Just very loud.
In any key, my willingness to sing a song of praise with a heart of thanksgiving and trust in God is always a sweet melody to Him.
But the vast army…
Praise or not, bad guys were on their way. And maybe now, like the Grinch who attempted to steal Christmas from the Whos down in Who-ville, they were even more intent on squashing those singing Israelites’.
So Jehoshaphat drew his most powerful weapon…
He appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army (vs 21a).
And they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” (vs 21b)
Voice lessons weren’t a pre-requisite.
How’d that singing in battle turn out?
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men…who were invading Judah, and they were defeated (22b).
So…With a song of praise, the enemy was defeated.
Today, whether facing hardship or ease, I am appointed to sing about it. Because the enemy will be defeated.
Seems you and I will be singing a new song in heaven. Why not join the choir practice here and now?
Please share how you’ve been able to sing when circumstances seem to be anything but cheery or praiseworthy.
And they sang a new song before the throne…Revelation 14:3