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The Rewards of Warfare Worship

 In my last post I wrote about Jehoshaphat and his spiritual response to a natural battle.  In terrible circumstances this man of God chose to seek God. He didn’t let his fear paralyze him, but rather it motivated him to seek the Lord through prayer, fasting and asking Him for help.

He led his people in warfare worship. In unity and agreement the people positioned themselves, raised their voices and worshipped the Lord in advance of their army. The people positioned themselves spiritually through faith. They demonstrated their faith by worshipping in advance and advancing in worship. This is a spiritual response to a natural attack. This is warfare worship!

In 2 Chronicles 20:22–30 we see the Lord’s response to Jehoshaphat and the people. Because of their faith and desire to worship, the Lord blesses them. He does it in three ways:

The Lord sets an ambush. The Lord responds from heaven for his people. He sets ambushes against the enemy. He turns the enemy against themselves. He causes confusion. The enemy destroys themselves and the Lord brings victory to Judah. While they worshipped, the Lord was working and the people could watch and see His goodness and blessing as He destroyed their enemies.

Isn’t that what we seek after? We want our faith and worship to prompt the Lord to set ambushes against our enemies in the middle of our own battles and have those demonic forces turn on themselves. It can happen when we engage in warfare worship.

The Lord gives rewards and blessing. Warfare worship doesn’t just defeat the enemy, there’s reward and blessing for the Lord’s people. His rewards are ”exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).” 2 Chronicles 20:25 says, “[Their spoil] was more than they could carry away. . .because there was so  much.” The Lord gives us rewards and blessing far beyond what we can imagine—more than we can carry away—when we first seek after Him and engage in warfare worship.

The Lord delivers rest. Warfare worship brings reward, blessing, joy, rejoicing, quiet, and rest for His people. This is a special, unique kind of rest that only God can bring. Verse 30 talks about quiet and rest. The Hebrew word for quiet means, to be still and not be disturbed. It’s primarily a state of tranquility. The word for rest is the Hebrew word, munnā. It’s a verb meaning to pause, to settle or rest after laboring.

We can read about this type of rest at a later time in Israel’s history. In 2 Chronicles 23:20–21 the priest, Jehoiada made a covenant between himself, the people, the king and the Lord. He reinstituted Temple worship of the Lord, and a new king, Joash, was crowned. Verse 21 says, “So all the people of the land rejoiced (warfare worship); and the city was quiet.” The quietness of the city is the Lord’s blessing. Israel rejoices in their worship, and the Lord blesses His people with peace.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).” We have His promise of rest when we come to Him. How do we find Him? The quickest path is seeking Him, praying and worshipping. When we are fully engaged in praise, we’ll find Him and He will give us blessing and rest. A. W. Tozer wrote, “The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply the release of that burden. It is not something we do, it is what comes to us when we cease to do.”[1]

Are you ready to let go of your burden and find the Lord’s rest and peace? Are you ready to be so in the flow of the Holy Spirit that you seek the Lord in all of your circumstances and worship Him?

If you are, let go and worship Him.

[1] A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, Inc., 1948), 111–112.

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