“Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshipping the Lord. The the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.”
2 Chronicles 20:14-15
When God promises something to us, do we wait for it to happen before we rejoice in His goodness or do we rejoice after we can see the fruit of our answered prayers?
Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah could do nothing but trust in God for their salvation from the large imminent enemy attack. God is in goodness answered their prayers by saying that the ‘battle was not theirs but the Lord’s’. Because of His amazing answer, the people of Judah fell to the floor in humble adoration of God’s goodness. The Levites stood up and shouted out praise to God from the bottom of their hearts. It would not be hard to imagine a celebratory party atmosphere when reading these verses.
Yet interestingly all this came before the battle had even started. Their victory celebrations came before the foe had arrived. It took a serious amount of faith to trust that God had spoken and that He would do what He said He would do. Yet the people of Judah and King Jehoshaphat had complete trust that God was on their side and in His faithful promise.
How amazing would it be if we celebrated God’s goodness even if we are faced with tough times. If we know that God is for us, then who can be against us? We must never forget to praise God for answered prayers. Let us join with the Levites and shout out praises to our God. Let us praise God even when we can only rely on the promises of His faithful answers; even before we see the fruit of our answered prayers. God is always good and deserves being praised!