14(2Chron 20) The Privileges of Praise
INTRODUCTION: "A great multitude is coming against you."(20:2)
A. Have you ever felt like that-That everything is coming against you?
§ The bills are stacking up and your car breaks down.
§ You feel you are just getting ahead and your A/C breaks.
§ You had this trusting friend and now they are betraying you.
§ You have just retired and find out you have malignant cancer.
§ Family seems to be happy and then husband walks out on you.
§ In other words, "a great multitude is coming against you"
§ All of us have felt like that in our lives. Not one person in this room has not ever felt like that.
B. How do we respond when we feel a great multitude is coming against us?
§ Jehoshaphat was told that a great multitude was coming against them, about to be invaded.
§ War was going to take place upon Judah by the Moabites, Ammonites, and Mt. Seir.
§ HOW DID HE RESPOND?
C. Explanation of text.
§ Afraid. Ever felt that way?
§ Turned attention to see the Lord and proclaimed a fast.
§ Jehoshaphat & Judah, "realizing their future was bleak" turned to the Lord in praise and worship.
§ They discovered special privileges in their lives when they turned to God in praise and worship.
§ When all is against us and we turn to the Lord we will experience the same privileges of praise.
I. OUR PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED.(20:9)
§ Exp: "cry to thee in distress"-prayer "hear us and deliver us"-answered prayer.
§ App: Since praise puts us at home with God he hears our prayers and answers us.
§ Are your prayers answered? If not, praise the Lord!
II. OUR EYES WILL BE ON JESUS.(20:12)
§ Exp: Eyes off of enemy-eyes off of one another-eyes on J.C
§ App: Praise puts your eyes on Jesus
III. OUR GOD WILL SPEAK TO US.(20:14)
§ Exp: Spirit came on Jahaziel-God spoke to Jehoshaphat and Judah through this man.
§ App: God will speak to his people when we praise Him--
§ Thru his word, the prophets, circumstances, an inner impression of God's spirit.
§ However, if you praise the Lord you are ready to hear HIM.
IV. OUR GOD WILL FIGHT THE BATTLES.(20:15)
§ Praise places you out of the battle and God in the battle. No reason to fear--God will fight for us.
§ Whatever multitude is coming against you, it is God's battle not yours when you praise him.
V. OUR LIVES WILL BE GUARDED BY THE PRESENCE OF GOD.(20:17)
§ Don't need to fight-sit still-God will be our salvation-for the Lord is with you.
§ App: Praise places the presence of God around us as a hedge.
VI. OUR HEARTS WILL BE BROKEN IN WORSHIP.(20:18)
§ Exp: Jehoshaphat bowed his head, face to ground, fell down and worshipped the Lord.
§ App: Praise prepares us to worship our God.
VII. OUR FUTURE WILL BE VICTORIOUS.(20:20-23)
§ Trust in the Lord, trust in God's prophets and succeeded, sang, praised.
§ Praised and their enemies destroyed one another. Victorious because God fought the battle.
§ App: You can win-I can win-When we praise the Lord and let him fight the battles of life.
§ This is a great privilege of praise--We are overcomers through Christ.
§ Why? The cross of Jesus Christ.
§ Since that point we have won the victory. Our church can win if we trust in the cross.