2 Chronicles 20-22
In our reading today we have a wonderful lesson on the power of praise and worship (2 Chronicles 20:1-30). In the years of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, a number of armies allied themselves to come against Judah. Jehoshaphat, being the godly king that he was sought God first, and as they sought God a Levite delivered a prophetic utterance to Judah to not fear, that the LORD will fight for them. In response Judah put the praise and worship singers in front of the army. As they did the armies of the enemy began to fight against one another and wiped each other out. When Judah got to the place of the battle everyone was dead (2 Chronicles 20:24). I am reminded of a verse in Psalms that David wrote regarding praise. Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” When Jesus was in the Temple during his earthly ministry, the children were crying out to Him saying “Hosanna to the Son of David”, the chief priests and scribes got upset. To which Jesus replied. Matthew 21:16 [NIV] “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise.” Saints, praise stills the enemy and the avenger!
In our reading today we have Jesus teaching us about the Holy Spirit. John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” Jesus said that before the Holy Spirit could come, Jesus had to leave. Christ had to die, be buried and rise from the dead and be seated at the right hand of God before the Holy Spirit could come. In his message on the day of Pentecost Peter preached: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear (Acts 2:32, 33). Jesus had to be seated at the right hand of God before the Holy Spirit could be poured out.