Altar of Praise or Battleground?

Stand Still.  Praise.  Watch.

Stand Still. Praise. Watch.

I don’t know about y’all, but for my daily readings I tend to gravitate more to the New Testament, or if in the Old Testament regularly stick to Isaiah (my absolute favorite book of the Bible), Psalms, and Proverbs.

However, lately I’ve been drawn to the other books in the Old Testament.  Today I was namely drawn to 2 Chronicles.

A favorite story of mine from 2 Chronicles stars King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah in the face of three armies outnumbering them.  The people of Judah did all they knew to do (under the direction and guidance of Jehoshaphat) in the face of overwhelming circumstances — they prayed to God and asked for His help.  They petitioned their Rescuer to come and save them.  They knew that their power was too weak, but that God’s was strong enough.  They believed in the might and power of God to save them.

In 2 Chronicles 20:13-24 God tells the people from Judah that they do not need to fight the three armies coming after them.  In fact, God tells them to “position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” in verse 17.  Above that in verse 15, God tells the people of Judah who are depending on Him that “the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Oh how precious that when we are seemingly cornered and outnumbered – whether that be by people, burdens, circumstances, or whatever – God is mighty enough and loves us enough to take the battle for us!  So many times I want be the one in control and on the front lines trying to determine the outcome, but God is saying, “Child, just stand there, praise me, and I’ll do the fighting.”

Here’s to giving up control to God and being joyful in simply being still, praising Him, and living in the victory of my salvation in Him.
(I think I was made more for praising than fighting, anyway.)

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Shut Up and Watch the Fight

  Exodus 14:14

Exodus 14:14

 

I have a problem with being quiet.  For all who know me personally, that comes as no surprise, I’m sure.  When I was younger my elementary report cards always noted “talks too much” or “talks abundantly” or “loves to talk.”  I like to talk.  Conversations are learning experiences.   I learn something new or affirm something with every conversation I have.  Plus, I like to say stuff.  When I have something to say (which is almost always), I want people to hear it.  Why wouldn’t I? 

However, it does come to my attention that some things are really better left unsaid.  Sometimes I just need to bite my tongue and refrain from saying what thought comes through my mind.  I do know that sometimes I am just to be silent. 

Exodus 14:14 has been making its home inside my thoughts lately. 
It says:  “The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.”

Oh what sweet words to hear!  I don’t need to waste another breath on problems or people who seem to only bear down on the weight of my soul, smothering me in stress and choking the joy and life right out of my day.   All I need to do is be quiet, for the Lord will fight for me. 

I may have picked the fight, but Jesus is going to win it for me.  What a delightful truth!

I don’t know if you are like me and find it hard to simply shush up.  I don’t know if you have a long courtship going on with words like I do.  I don’t know your struggles.  But I do know one thing:  The Lord will fight for you, and He never fails

Just take a minute to close your mouth, open your eyes and ears, and listen to God.  Watch Him fight for you.  Watch Him conquer your problems for you.  He will