“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” 2 Chronicles 20.6
When King Jehoshaphat offered these words of praise to God, it was not in the safe environment of a service; a vast army had come against him. His first instinct was to turn to God, and his prayer is beautiful. He does not dive straight into panicky prayers but begins with worship.
Furthermore, he did not simply begin with worship because that seemed to be a good idea and what ought to be done at the beginning of prayer time. What his worship did was to set a marker that became a more fundamental truth than the immediate threat he faced.
You may not face armies coming against you, but you will probably face difficulties today, and you might be afraid or anxious. This is the time to worship.
Worship is choosing to proclaim the opposite of your fears, and to allow this truth to change you rather than let your fears overwhelm your life. This is what Jehoshaphat did. He saw an opposing army coming against him and he took his stand, by proclaiming the power and might of the Lord. It would have been so easy to begin by proclaiming the power and might of the enemy, but that would probably have increased the scale of fear felt by everyone there. By proclaiming the opposite, the power and might of the Lord, faith was allowed to conquer fear and God responded by performing a miracle.
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