2 Chronicles 20:21
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat 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, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

Like last week, we were reminded here of the response to God’s forever enduring love with our forever overflowing gratitude. Never overlook the primacy and priority of worship in this scene where we have men singing praise to the Lord “at the head of the army,” going before the rest of the people and allowing their worship to be a declaration of reality and truth of God who fights on their behalf.

Every battle we face has an element of worship connected to it. Physical battles develop from relationships broken by greed, jealousy, anger or other sin. Spiritual battles are rooted in our willingness (or lack of) to submit our complete will to God alone. Worship goes ahead of the battle to declare that God is good, that His love endures forever and that He can overcome any enemy.

This week there is the opportunity and the invitation to allow our praise to go ahead of the people as we gather together for worship. Whatever battles are being fought by those who are coming, God’s love for them is enduring and He’s inviting us together to give thanks to Him in every circumstance. The call for those who lead worship is to go ahead of the army, to lead the way into battle, focused on Jesus and His love so that people would find opportunity to give thanks and find victory through the power of God in their lives.

Have you ever had someone walk ahead of you in the midst of a hard situation in a way that encouraged you to worship God despite difficult circumstances?

How would it change the way you worship and lead worship if you saw the role of what you’re doing as leading the way “at the head of the army” so that others could find victory?

God who fights every battle on our behalf, open our eyes and show how you are fighting for us. God, in the middle of dark and difficult circumstances remind us that You are with us, You will never leave us and You are strong enough to defeat every enemy. This week give us the opportunity to go ahead of any army, singing praise and worship to You, encouraging those who are fighting difficult battles to continue on because Your love endures forever. Amen.

Pastor Tim Fus